Carlton Nell: Compositions

April 19 – June 29, 2019

Compositions will showcase large-scale, abstracted landscapes by artist Carlton Nell. Nell is a professor at Auburn University and his paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide and are included in various public and private collections. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, most recently on the cover of the historical novel series, Drums of War.

From the artist:

“In a recent issue of Modern Painters magazine, Merlin James wrote of the Welsh painter Thomas Jones as ‘… actively apprehending the world by depicting it; not just describing the world as one sees it, but seeing it as one describes it.’ My work is based on the idea of using simple aesthetic language (pure color, shape, texture, line, scale, etc.) as a framework for seeing—as a means to extract and embrace the poetry of our surroundings.

A mere copy of nature seems redundant, but intentionally zeroing-in on these abstract pictorial qualities gives me a wonderful tool to focus my observation—and thus gain a more concentrated perception of the subject. The pictorial language aids me in understanding my surroundings as it offers a path to observe and contemplate and reckon with the world. The attempt with the work is to bring into equilibrium the shared visual language of the material painting and the natural subject depicted in the paint. Hopefully, these paintings acknowledge the observed world while offering a unique and moving experience of it with others.”

Featured Above: Carlton Nell, Composition 200, 2014, Oil on panel

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.