This week braveART is pleased to announce our alliance with photographer and painter, Walter W Nelson. Nelson began his creative work in 1967 and over a span of 40 years embarked upon a long and complex journey in the visual arts.
From his Artist Statement, Nelson explains his work:
"I first explored the field of photography, traveling around the world, discovering spiritual places, deep landscapes, places of origin, experimenting with abstract colors and textures, always seeking the visual heart of existence in the desert, mountains, canyons, rivers, and cities of this great world.
In traveling this visual journey, I've relied on the masters, past and present, for inspiritation in light and shadow, color, texture, form and idea. I used these inspirations as a point of departure for my voyages into visual delights and mystical realms, my work striving to be present in the moment, to take the viewer 'from the without to the within and back to the without again'.
I later branched out to painting and sculpture, and I combine all three together into a richness of color, texture and form, a unique and ever-expanding visual tapestry of mind and consciousness".
In his own words Nelson describes a recent body of photographic work and published book of the same name, The Black Place: Two Seasons. Museum of New Mexico Press, 2014, by Walter W. Nelson (Author), Douglas Preston (Author), Katherine Ware (Introduction).
While living in New York City in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I began my journey into the fine arts – photography, painting and sculpture. A strong part of my evolutionary development as an artist came from reading about the lives of artist, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe being two. Their journey of word and visual art guided me to New Mexico in the early 1982, in a visual quest of the areas that Georgia O’Keeffe painted in. After spending considerable time photographing and painting in these areas, I went in search of the mystical unknown location - The Black Place.
Today, the Black Place remains a remote and uninhabited landscape known only by a few. It is a harsh place, bitterly cold in winter, baking hot in summer, and swept by ferocious winds.
The title "The Black Place: Two Season” comes from the visual extremes of aridity and snow. There are only two visual seasons in the Black Place: Spring- Summer- Fall being one; Winter being the other. Without the vision of snow then the earth forms would always be the same, for this is a very arid high desert plateau.
In the early 80’s I went in search of the Black Place and since have returned more than 30 times, photographing in large format 8 x 10 B&W and digital color. Color adds to the mystical beauty and austerity of the land forms, giving the viewer the opportunity to connect in mind, the gifts in paint that were given to Georgia O’Keeffe.
- Walter W Nelson