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 Craig Nelson  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, figure, portrait and genre painting

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1947 (Cupertino, California)
 
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Illustrator, teacher and painter Craig Nelson lives in Sonoma County, California.

Encouraged by his parents and Aunt Lois who supplied him with boxes of paper every Christmas, Nelson developed his talents by drawing monsters in cars with big gear shifts and eventually pastel graduation portraits for $15 a piece.

When he was 19 Nelson enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. After graduation he began illustrating album covers for Sammy Davis Jr, Rick Nelson, Neil Diamond, Natalie Cole and Loretta Lynn. He also did numerous movie posters including "The Cowboys", "Slap Shot" and "Homeward Bound" as well as movie star portraits.

In 1974 he returned to the Art Center of Design as a painting teacher. In 1990 Craig Nelson became the director of fine art at the Academy of Fine Art in San Francisco. After moving to Northern California Nelson began devoting himself to painting. Nelson likes to capture scenes that other people have not painted. His figure works captures people in unexpected ways. His painting, "Dancers Three" finds the graceful dancers during a break instead of a more traditional dancing pose.

In 1997 Nelson was awarded the Grand Teton Natural History Award at the Art for the Parks annual competition.

Source: Southwest Art, August 2004

Biography from Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art:
Award winning artist Craig Nelson has been doing oil painting for almost thirty years.  Depicting foliage covered dunes, shapely cypresss, majestic cliffs and mirrored wet sands, he paints luminous coastalscapes to capture the unique beauty and peace and tranquility of the ocean and its special relationship to humanity.

Craig received a BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California and is currently the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California.

Selected commissions include: Count Basie, MGM Record Corp, Sammy Davis, Jr., MGM Record Corp., Neil Simon, MCA Inc., Natalie Cole, Capitol Records, Inc., Loretta Lynn, MCA, Inc., A.C. Eichenger, Private, James Garner, Private, Frank Sinatra, Capitol Records, Inc., Richard Petty, Franklin Mint, Inc., Mr. And Mrs. Joris Brinkerhoff, Private, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Kiperman, Private. Permanent collections include: Toyota Corp., JVC, Denny’s Inc., U.S. Air Force, George C. Scott, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, UCLA Dental School, and Initiative Media.

Craig’s awards and achievements include five gold medals, two silver medals, The Best in Show in, and over 200 awards of excellence from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, California and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. Craig has been published in Communication Arts Annual and JCA (in Japan).


Biography from Waterhouse Gallery:
For over 30 years, Craig Nelson has been depicting figures landscapes and various environments in rich vibrant oils.  His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brush work, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art.

After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Craig began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines.  Craig's countless movie posters include The Cowboys, Slapshot, and Homeward Bound among many others. His album cover credits include, Sammy Davis Jr. Live, Rick Nelson, Country, and Natalie Cole, Thankful.

Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law School, the U.S. Air Force, and UCSF Dental School.  He has won over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals.  The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Craig the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled Dining Alone

In 1974 Craig began teaching at Art Center College of Design, and for the past 13 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco where he is Director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting.

Biography from Wendt Gallery:
For over thirty years, Craig Nelson has been an oil painter on the contemporary California Art scene.  After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he became a well known artist in the movie industry, as well as working with many publishers in books and album covers for Capitol Records, Sony, and MGM.  As a major award winner, Craig has won over 200 awards of excellence in competitions, including five Gold Medals, four Silver Medals, and magazine covers.

Nelson’s works are housed in various permanent collections, including The U.S. Air Force, Toyota Corporation, Walt Disney Studios, Sony Music, The University of California Los Angeles, Neil Simon, James Garner, Warner Brothers, Inc., and Columbia Pictures.

Nelson has been selected as finalist for the National Arts for the Parks Competition every year for the past ten years.  He now devotes much of his time to teaching at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco as Director of Fine Art and instructor.

Craig Nelson is a member of the Oil Painters of America, The American Society of Portrait Artists, and is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.

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