1979, Robert Lyn Nelson created his landmark
painting "Two Worlds" and, with it, the
Modern Marine Art Movement. His vision of life
above and below the ocean's
surface launched a successful and widely imitated genre of contemporary art, and has become the powerful symbol for one of the most compassionate environmental efforts of our time. the struggle to preserve the life of the sea.
Nelson's collectors include many public figures and leading institutions, and sales of his work and personal appearances have resulted in significant Financial contributions to many environmental organizations. His accomplishments result from a lifetime of study and dedication to his craft.
A native of southern California, born in 1955, Nelson was a child prodigy who produced drawings of remarkable quality at age three. At thirteen, lie was offered scholarships at Chaffey and Mount San Antonio Colleges, both of which he attended while still in high school. At fifteen, the First public exhibition of- his work was virtually sold out. His first one-man show followed two years later.
In the 1970's, artists from around the world, attracted by the lure of warm waters and clear blue skies, were converging on the island of Maui. It was here, the winter home of the humpback whales, where Nelson moved in 1977 and began to develop his bold new art. "I wanted to paint the precise sensation of being in two universes at once. I could see it when I went diving, and I wanted to share it with the world. At the time there was nothing like it — nothing."
The prominence of Nelson's marine work should not overshadow his abilities in a remarkable variety of forms. His collected impressionist, neo-cubist, neo-futurist, and other non-representational works could each have generated a successful career. What unifies Nelson's body of work is his pain-staking perfectionism. He often takes months to complete a single painting.
Robert Lyn Nelson Studios, Lahaina opened its doors in 1994, and has already been called "Hawaii's most beautiful gallery". The opening of Robert Lyn Nelson Studios on Cannery Row in Monterey, California soon followed in October of that same year, and currently draws thousands of visitors from all over the mainland. Nelson's publishing company, now in its fifteenth year, produces the finest quality mixed media graphics for leading galleries and collectors throughout the world.
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