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Purchased 2007. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund
The teenage years, between childhood and adulthood, are marked by great transitions and Nelson’s series is constructed around the notion of the ‘space between’ the actual world we exist in and the one we desire. These teenagers are dressed in the latest fashions and aware of their own developing sense of style and the expression of their sense of self. Nelson refers to fashion magazines, advertising and to the visual language of realist painting in these works.
Jan Nelson creates her hyper-real 'Walking in tall grass' paintings by first photographing and then painting her young subjects using a bright, intense palette. Each subject is named, and each appears…
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