Stephen Nelson makes strange and highly personable objects and constructions, using a wide variety of salvaged materials selected for their colour, texture and character. Working with anything from sea worn plastic toys, clay pipes, wire, painted drift wood to cloth, carpet and leather, Nelson’s sculptures have an improvised and makeshift attitude, forming part of a curious world of ‘possible objects’ which defy critical context by reaching out through their physicality.
Stephen Nelson was born in Liverpool in 1961, and lives and works in London. He gained his BA in Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute (1983), followed by a Masters in Fine Art at Birmingham University (1985). Solo exhibitions include, It’s a Soft Hard World, Space Station Sixty Five, London (2008), Tepuis, Camden Arts Centre, London (1996), Wax, Adam Gallery, London (1994), Bronze, Mario Flecha Gallery, London (1993) and Untitled, Adam Gallery, London (1992).
His numerous group exhibitions include Students, Patients, Paupers, St Phillips, LSE London (2011), Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London (2010), Domestic, Tannery Arts, London (2006), Thy neighbours ox, Space Station Sixty Five (2005) which he also curated and 100 Drawings, Drawing Room, London (2003).
In 1999 Nelson was appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow in Sculpture, during which period he developed a series of works about wolves that related to his time spent at the British School in Rome and at Oxford University.