Artist Spotlight: David Nielsen

It’s all about local Calgary art! Our artist spotlight blogs highlight the talented artists working in Calgary. Our next artist blog is David Nielsen, an artist who spends his time painting in both Calgary and Southern France.

David’s expressionistic paintings are larger than life and feature plein air landscapes of Alberta and Southern France. These paintings are up to 7′ in width and would make perfect statement pieces on large walls both in residential homes or commercial offices.

Lake Louise, David Nielsen, 96″ x 48″, acrylic, $2000

Some of David’s work reference very personal photographs from the 1950’s, David says of the process of making Lake Louise here:

“My Mother was dying, and I did not know how to deal with her loss. She was awesome, and she led me down this path I am now on. She had an amazing life, and her illness was long and sad to watch. She passed away nearly two years ago, and I am so glad she is no long-er suffering. These paintings are made with Acrylic house paint mis-tints on oak panels. The drawing were made from my mother’s photographs from the 1950’s when she was a teenaged French Canadian girl who left Montreal and worked as an elevator operator at Lake Louise. I needed a way to work through some of my grief, so I began making these pieces from her photos. I also began adding narrative and text to the paintings.”

The Bow Valley, David Nielsen, 68″ x 48″, acrylic, $3000

David speaks to creating such large paintings and the process involved:

“When you do large work there are all sorts of challenges—but it’s totally worth it. In order to paint, you need to move your entire body to make the marks. It’s extremely physical. To make a line, you may need to walk a few feet, while moving your arm and bending your back. It reminds me of Jackson Pollock and the physicality of action painting.”

Composition #2, David Nielsen, 48″ x 48″, acrylic, $500

More on David’s work:

“His newer work travels creative avenues of expression through collaborations and incorporation of a strong narrative. Taking these artistic risks have resulted in landscapes that are fresh and exciting.”

Read more about David and browse his available paintings here.