Amy Nelder

Amy Nelder

AMY NELDER  (Painter, San Francisco, b. 1971)

Amy Nelder is a versatile painter of diverse genres, who has been engaged in the last 13 years with contemporary still-life painting she calls “Pop Trompe L’eoil”, as well as, in recent years, an empowering partner-series about bodily and psychic autonomy she paints with her daughter called “That’s NOT My Name (Honey/Baby/Sugar)”.

Critics and art writers have credited Nelder with radically updating the nature of today’s still life to leave behind what one might call the hackneyed, old-fashioned subject matter of yore – bunches of grapes and flowers, for example – to replace it with debonair, au courant imagery. While Old Master still lifes may fetch millions of dollars, executed in the most expert and astonishing ways, the time has come, these observers claim, for the still life to speak to today’s audience in today’s effervescent language. Timothy Anglin-Burgard refers to Nelder’s “wonderful tension” in the de Young Museum’s virtual tour of 2020’s “De Young Open” exhibition”, in which Amy’s “Apples & Honey, 2020” was a featured work.

Nelder meets the challenge with this past year’s Covid19 series as well as the past 13 years of her Pop-oriented, romance-skewed scenes of domestic life, wherein lipstick-kissed wine glasses and haute couture meet Scrabble boards, cereal boxes, and the mess of baking chocolate chip cookies. Her more romantic portraits are often of a blissful couple navigating the realities of domestic life is recorded with a kind of hipster synecdoche – the Greek concept in poetics of using stand-in symbols to represent a bigger, more meaningful whole. More recently, working-motherhood, Covid19, and empowering pro-femme dialogues have dominated her pop still lifes in an elegant dovetailing dance with the “That’s NOT My Name” works she creates with her daughter.

Here is a truly superb draughtsman, who can draw like an Old Master, while at the same time delivering a still life genre that is all about the here and now. In her San Francisco studio, one is treated to seeing Nelder’s actual still life props, set up on a table. Watching her transmit the model’s image to canvas with stunning realist accuracy is both fascinating and uncanny. She purposely seems to pick the hardest subject matter to conquer: sterling silver, glass with its many-faceted reflective qualities, elaborate typefaces curving round bottles, and the like. Here is a Raphael realist, whose subject ranges from a tongue in cheek dialogue about the current pandemic, to a pop-fueled cupidity, pulled off with amazing chic and glamour, yet as down to earth as your last date.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Chloe Gallery, Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women 2021, San Francisco, CA

2021 Blue Line Arts, Art Center, Wild Dreams of a New Beginning, Roseville, CA

2020 The de Young Open, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA 2020 The World of Tomorrow, Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA

2020 The Garzoni Challenge: 90 works by Baroque artist Giovanna Garzoni and her contemporaries, Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy in partnership with Advancing Women Artists and the Medici Archive Project

2020 Chloe Gallery, Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women 2020, San Francisco, CA

2019 Chloe Gallery, Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2019 Chloe Gallery, Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women 2019, San Francisco, CA

2018 Chloe Gallery, Chloe’s Art in the Valley: Amy Nelder, Carrie Graber, Timothy Mulligan and James Scoppettone, San Francisco, CA

2018 Chloe Gallery, Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women 2018, San Francisco, CA

2018 Chloe Gallery, Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2017 Chloe Gallery, Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2017 Chloe Gallery, Artist as Translator: Amy Nelder, Robert Bissell, Aldo Luongo, Rene de Carlo, San Francisco, CA

2016 Chloe Gallery, Summer Group Show: Amy Nelder, Aldo Luongo, Isabel Emrich, Cheryl Kline and Mark Yale Harris, San Francisco, CA

2015 Chloe Gallery, Ideation and Innovation, San Francisco, CA

2015 Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers' Group Exhibition: Amy Nelder, Carrie Graber, Aldo Luongo, and Mark Gaskin, San Francisco, CA

2014 Chloe Gallery, Chloe Gallery Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

2014 Chloe Gallery, Celebrating the Valley (Yountville): Amy Nelder, Aldo Luongo, Gil Bruvel, Carrie Graber, San Francisco/Yountville, CA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The Women's Art Library Special Collections and Archives, The Library at Goldsmiths, University of London New Cross, London

Thin Man Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa Zurich Insurance, corporate collection, NYC, NY Club Wingtip, Social Club, San Francisco, CA Deerfield Ranch Winery, Kenwood, CA

Levi Strauss, Branding Archives, San Francisco, CA

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia, LTD, Bangkok, Thailand

Buena Vista Café, San Francisco, CA

Tosca Café, San Francisco, CA

GESD Capital Partners, San Francisco, CA

Vanillamore Dessert Kitchens, Montclair, NJ  

COMMISSIONED MURALS

Chinese Charity Cultural Services Center, Chinatown, San Francisco

San Francisco Board of Education, Executive Administration Building

State of California Family Support Bureau, San Francisco District Attorney’s Services Center, San Francisco SELECTED

MEDIA

“Tour the deYoung Open with Curator Timothy A. Burgard”,

https://www.facebook.com/deYoungMuseum/videos/tour-the-de-young-open-with -curator-timothy-a-burgard/727863211135993/

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Examiner KPIX, “Evening Magazine” CNN

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MSNBC networks
Art Business News magazine

Art World News magazine

 

 

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