Nicole Longnecker Gallery announces the exhibit, Men of Steel, from industrial realists, Allan Gorman and Jan Anders Nelson. Both artists’ work is a reflection of the industrialized world and its effect on the visual urban landscape with an emphasis on natural light. The exhibit features large and medium scale paintings and photography.
“I am excited to present these artists and works to the Houston audience,” says gallerist Nicole Longnecker. “Houston has been described as the model for the new American city. Allan and Jan may use differing voices, but their message is always one of wonder and appreciation for man-made subjects.”
ALLAN GORMAN: Born in Brooklyn, NY, Allan Gorman is a realistic oil painter who brings his strengths as an internationally celebrated brand marketing consultant and graphic designer to artworks that certainly reflect his own unique and distinctive brand. Soaring towers of industry, chrome exhaust pipes, distorted reflections, a macro trip inside mechanisms and technology – hard angles, strong colors and carefully thought through compositions permeate works that have been featured in numerous gallery and museum shows and private collections in both the United States and Europe.
Major exhibits have included solo and invitational showings at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts
(Binghamton, NY); CK Contemporary Galleries (San Francisco, CA); The Miller Gallery (Cincinnati, OH); Lia Skidmore Fine Arts (Santa Monica, CA); Galleria GUM in Miami, FL, and Howard Rehs Contemporary Galleries in NYC. Museum and Art fairs include: "Hyperrealism" at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago; The Chattauqua Institute (NY) Exhibition 2013; "Mid-Atlantic New Oil Painting 2012 and 2014" at the Ritterhoff Martin Galleries (Fredericksburg, VA); "The 2010 and 2016 NJ Arts Annuals" at the NJ State Museum (Trenton, NJ) and The Noyes Museum of Art (Atlantic City, NJ); "Re-Presenting Realism" at the Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY); ArtPrize 2014 and ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI.; ArtHamptons Art Fair (NY);Art Palm Springs (CA); twice on board the luxury art yacht Seafair at Art Greenwich (CT); the International Guild of Realism's Masterworks Museum Tour traveling to art museums around the country from May 2015 through June 2016; "Something More Than Realism" at Galeria ArteLibre in Zaragoza, Spain; and LUSTER - "Photorealism and Hyperrealism in Automotive and Motorcycle Art" set to visit eight art museums starting in March 2018.
Allan Gorman currently maintains a studio practice in Kearny, NJ, and resides in West Orange, NJ.
JAN ANDERS NELSON: Born 1952 in Houston, Texas, Jan Anders Nelson received his BA in Theater and Art from Midland Lutheran College, B.A. Theatre, Art (74), University of Wisconsin, M.A., Art (77), and New York University, independent graduate research, drawing (77). Nelson examines historical processes of the past, reflecting on them from a current perspective drawing on his wisdom and experience. His realist drawings, lush oil paintings and dramatic photographs illustrate last century’s reliance on manufacturing which has left indelible marks on the environment and cityscapes alike.
In his own words, “I am drawn to the relationship between nature and man, the dance that plays out over time as the forces of nature exert themselves, bringing changes to things made by humans and vice versa. This manifests as a series of photographs of machines or structures in environments where the passage and effects of time are evident or implied. Other compositions might be comprised of imagery where juxtapositions of natural and man-made elements provide the desired contrasts I want to express. My drawings and paintings are based on and inspired by my photographs.”
Nelson lives & works in Gig Harbor, WA.