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Nellie King Solomon

Nellie King Solomon in the studio

Nellie King Solomon makes beautiful pictures of terrible things. Her juicy, large-scale color field abstractions are content in code, “paintings that interrogate painting."  Solomon paints what she knows is there but cannot see. Her works employ unconventional materials and processes; paint pools like a hot oil slick on Mylar or a gallon of tar, glass beads, flesh-colored paint, or white gesso pours from the ceiling down raw canvas in the “Ode to the Road” series.  The ethereal and the physical are duking it out, and neither one is winning. 

Video edited by Rahil Alimohammad

Solomon studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and holds a BA in Art from University of California Santa Cruz, and an MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA). She taught at Stanford University and CCA, and was the Founder/Creative Director of the Young Artist in Residence program at Montalvo Arts Center. Solomon has worked as an artist assistant to David Ireland, and in architectural restoration, including on the Palazzo St Polo in Venice. She lived in Paris, Venice, Barcelona, and New York City before returning to California. 

Solomon’s work has received extensive critical acclaim and been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Art Practical, Wallpaper, Harvard Review, ArtBlitzLA, Zyzzyva, NYTheatre, and Architectural Digest, among other publications. 

Solomon has exhibited locally at The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Crocker Art Museum, Bolinas Museum, Brian Gross Fine Art, Braunstein/Quay, and The Battery, as well as venues such as OchiProjects in LA, Ochi Gallery in Sun Valley, and N’Namdi Contemporary in Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Her work is collected by Steve Wynn, Blue Shield, Yves Béhar, Sabrina Buell, and BAMPFA.

While Solomon’s studio life can be esoteric, her home life is bucolic. A longtime surfer at The Patch in Bolinas, she lives in a cottage with her daughter and Cannoli the bunny.

Artist Nellie King Solomon studio work