Gayle Nelson



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'The Triad of Impairments', Wall Installation (in collaboration with Fiona McDonald), Panels of varying sizes

'We Must Be Up Inside the Cyclone', Sewing Thread and Veneer Pins, 130 x 115 cms

'Interstate Document 1', graphite powder, acrylic and ink on paper, 12 drawings with annotations- each one 15cm x 10cm

'Hearst Castle', Chalk Pencil on Paper, 12 drawings - each one 15.5 x 12 cms

'Fragrant Gardenias Bloom Along Gardenia Lane', Floor Installation, 7ft x 5ft

'Postcard: Scoonie Brae', Sewing thread and Veneer Pins, 6ft x 4ft unframed


Personal narratives form the basis of my work and I often use images of places where people have spent time as a universal metaphor. Holiday snaps, home environments, imagery from the town where I grew up, and found photographs are often referenced in my artworks. My work is conceptually driven, and the medium and technique used is intrinsic to a particular project.


Gayle Nelson makes work which explores memory, place, and the use of time, using a wide range of media and in formats which have included installation, drawing and public art. Over a period of twenty years, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and most recently in the Royal Scottish Academy, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, St Andrews University grounds, at the Cupar Arts Festival, and in the Nitra State Gallery, Slovakia. Collections include Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and various private collections. She is a recent SSA Past President, and also ran a festival of contemporary visual art in Fife between 2008-16, the critically-acclaimed Cupar Arts Festival, which was featured in the national press, television and radio, and commended in the Scottish Parliament. Gayle is a lecturer and programme leader at Fife College, as well as undertaking mentoring and consultantancy work in the visual arts. She is based in Northeast Fife, Scotland.


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