Amy Nelder

(1971)

Amy Nelder

Amy Nelder
Amy Nelder (b. 1971, American)   Amy Nelder is a versatile painter of diverse genres, who has been engaged in the last several years with “contemporary” still-life painting.  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 hip, 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.  Nelder meets the challenge with her Pop-oriented, romance-skewed set ups, wherein lipstick-kissed wine glasses meet Scrabble boards and designer party shoes, tossed aside with black tie, amidst scrumptious chocolates and desserts – not to mention the occasional cereal box or champagne bottle – tradenames and all!  The point to her works is that, ‘off-screen,’ if you will, there is a love affair of some sort going on – some off-the-canvas bedroom cavort that the viewer can’t actually see, but can feel, given the savvy evidence of what she does record in her paintings. Thus, a portrait of a blissful couple 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. “The hand of God” or “the kiss of fortune” are two common examples of synecdoche.  Of course, in Nelder’s world all is good fun, spice, and savoir-faire, mixed with sexy riddles and loveable overtures and undertones. Whomever she is portraying, without actually showing them, the viewer relates and wants, in fact, to be in on one of Nelder’s devil-may-care duos!  Once in a while, she’ll depart from the implied “couple” motif to present an off-canvas individual grappling with the attraction or aftermath, God forbid, of a cupcake to devour or not to devour! And so on, calorie-counting, be hanged! Or, we are presented with the charming leit-motif of a Mom and Dad homebound with affection, due to little ones sleeping.  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 hip 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 happens to be cuddly cupidity, pulled off with amazing chic and glamour, yet as down to earth as your last date (off-screen, of course!). GROUP EXHIBITIONS2018     Chloe Gallery, Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women, San Francisco, CA 2017     Chloe Gallery, Art Market, San Francisco, CA 2017     Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers' Dinner, San Francisco, CA 2016     Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers' Dinner, San Francisco, CA 2015     Chloe Gallery, Banquet with the Artists: Ideation and Innovation, San Francisco, CA 2015     Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers' Dinner, San Francisco, CA 2014     Chloe Gallery, Chloe Gallery Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2014     Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers' Dinner Celebrating Art in the Valley, San Francisco, CA   SELECTED COLLECTIONS  Zurich Insurance, corporate collection, NYC, NY Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia, LTD, Bangkok, Thailand Buena Vista Café, San Francisco, CA Tosca Café, San Francisco GESD Capital Partners, San Francisco Club Wingtip, society club, San Francisco   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 San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Examiner KPIX, “Evening Magazine” CNN, Fox News, MSNBC networks Art Business News magazine Art World News magazine
Artist

Artwork

A Little Extra Sugar
Amy Nelder

A Little Extra Sugar

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 60 in

Red Lips and Chocolate
Amy Nelder

Red Lips and Chocolate

acrylic on canvas

18 x 18 in

Dessert First
Amy Nelder

Dessert First

enhanced giclee on canvas

40 x 30 in

La Dolce Vita
Amy Nelder

La Dolce Vita

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 30 in

Mommy Daughter Day
Amy Nelder

Mommy Daughter Day

Acrylic on Canvas

20 x 24 in

Rebirth
Amy Nelder

Rebirth

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 18 in

A Progression of Grand Cru Classe
Amy Nelder

A Progression of Grand Cru Classe

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

BFFs 3 & 4
Amy Nelder

BFFs 3 & 4

Giclee on Canvas

48 x 36 in

Dichotomy
Amy Nelder

Dichotomy

Giclee on Canvas

15 x 30 in

Happy Birthday
Amy Nelder

Happy Birthday

giclee on canvas

20 x 20 in

Kidding Myself with Cake
Amy Nelder

Kidding Myself with Cake

Giclee on Canvas

20 x 20 in

Lady Luck
Amy Nelder

Lady Luck

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 36 in

Plays Together, Stays Together
Amy Nelder

Plays Together, Stays Together

Giclee on Canvas

15 x 30 in

Satori
Amy Nelder

Satori

Giclee on Canvas

36 x 20 in

Sunday Morning
Amy Nelder

Sunday Morning

Giclee on Canvas

18 x 24 in

Wordplay
Amy Nelder

Wordplay

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Dessert First
Amy Nelder

Dessert First

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 30 in

Shaken Not Stirred
Amy Nelder

Shaken Not Stirred

acrylic on canvas

30 x 60 in

Dichotomy
Amy Nelder

Dichotomy

acrylic on canvas

15 x 30 in

Last Round
Amy Nelder

Last Round

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 60 in

Oasis
Amy Nelder

Oasis

Giclee on Canvas

36 x 48 in

Rock In Red
Amy Nelder

Rock In Red

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 30 in

A Quiet Evening at Home
Amy Nelder

A Quiet Evening at Home

Giclee on Canvas

22 x 28 in

Cake Interrupted
Amy Nelder

Cake Interrupted

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Friday Night Reds
Amy Nelder

Friday Night Reds

Giclee on Canvas

18 x 18 in

Hot Date
Amy Nelder

Hot Date

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 48 in

Kidding Myself with Chocolate
Amy Nelder

Kidding Myself with Chocolate

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Look Mommy, A Beautiful Rainbow!
Amy Nelder

Look Mommy, A Beautiful Rainbow!

giclee on canvas

30 x 60 in

Pop!
Amy Nelder

Pop!

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Shaken Not Stirred
Amy Nelder

Shaken Not Stirred

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 60 in

Sunday Morning Donut Run
Amy Nelder

Sunday Morning Donut Run

giclee on canvas

36 x 60 in

Worth The Wait
Amy Nelder

Worth The Wait

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 48 in

La Dolce Vita
Amy Nelder

La Dolce Vita

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 in

After a Long Day
Amy Nelder

After a Long Day

acrylic on canvas

26 x 36 in

Gimme Some Sugar II
Amy Nelder

Gimme Some Sugar II

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 in

Love
Amy Nelder

Love

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 24 in

Orchidpop
Amy Nelder

Orchidpop

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 30 in

That's NOT my name (sold)
Amy Nelder

That's NOT my name (sold)

Acrylic and nail polish on canvas

48 x 36 in

After the Black and White Ball
Amy Nelder

After the Black and White Ball

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 60 in

Caught Red Handed
Amy Nelder

Caught Red Handed

Giclee on Canvas

18 x 24 in

Gimme Some Sugar
Amy Nelder

Gimme Some Sugar

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 20 in

Just the Right Red
Amy Nelder

Just the Right Red

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Kidding Myself with Donuts
Amy Nelder

Kidding Myself with Donuts

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Make A Wish
Amy Nelder

Make A Wish

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 24 in

Prelude
Amy Nelder

Prelude

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 48 in

Staying In
Amy Nelder

Staying In

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Sweet Tooth
Amy Nelder

Sweet Tooth

Giclee on Canvas

18 x 24 in

Your Kitchen, Or Mine?
Amy Nelder

Your Kitchen, Or Mine?

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 48 in

Prelude
Amy Nelder

Prelude

acrylic on canvas

24 x 48 in

Bordeaux, What A Night!
Amy Nelder

Bordeaux, What A Night!

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 60 in

Honey, I'm Home!
Amy Nelder

Honey, I'm Home!

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Lucky Penny
Amy Nelder

Lucky Penny

acrylic on canvas

30 x 48 in

Plays Together, Stays Together
Amy Nelder

Plays Together, Stays Together

acrylic on canvas

15 x 30 in

2 A.M.
Amy Nelder

2 A.M.

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Another Quiet Evening At Home
Amy Nelder

Another Quiet Evening At Home

giclee on canvas

24 x 48 in

Decisions, Decisions
Amy Nelder

Decisions, Decisions

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Gimme Some Sugar II
Amy Nelder

Gimme Some Sugar II

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 30 in

Kidding Myself
Amy Nelder

Kidding Myself

Giclee on Canvas

16 x 16 in

Lady in Red
Amy Nelder

Lady in Red

Giclee on Canvas

20 x 30 in

Orchidpop
Amy Nelder

Orchidpop

Giclee on Canvas

48 x 30 in

Romeo and Juliet
Amy Nelder

Romeo and Juliet

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 36 in

Sugar and Spice
Amy Nelder

Sugar and Spice

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 30 in

Trifecta
Amy Nelder

Trifecta

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 40 in

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