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Lucius Nelson

Artist Statement

Taking cues from glamor photography, sensational advertising and venetian painting techniques, my work is a slurry of highbrow and lowbrow visuals designed to shock the system into playful humor and creative introspection. In essence, I hope to create the painting equivalent of a buddhist koan slathered in high fructose corn syrup. This is a tactic of repositioning the Sensational and the Grotesque as tools of liberation rather than as marketing devices designed to influence consumers below the level of reason for profit engineering.

The techniques employed in these paintings are two-fold. The long form nature of the indirect paintings method used gives me, as an artist, the experience of extended focus to the immediate moment – a small protest aimed at the attention economy. The process itself generates a resultant mass of detail that serves as an over the top glorification of the moment depicted. This is done with the hope that the lowbrow nature of the work conflicts with the old-master-style details in a way that short circuits the viewer’s brain into an open state of good humor. Generating this state is my main goal as an artist, both for myself and the viewer.

One More for the Road

Year: 2022

Medium: Oil on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Nachosummer

Year: 2022

Medium: Oil on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Icetreem

Year: 2022

Medium: Oil on panel

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II