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Biography

Kristin Nelson's work expresses a simplicity and innocence, which touches the deepest of our emotions. As an American primitive painter, Kristin has been collected and exhibited since the age of seventeen when, inspired by the death of President John F. Kennedy, she was moved to express her feelings in the painting "When the Kennedys Were in the White House." A self-taught artist, she has continued to paint all her life, coming into national prominence when Jacqueline Kennedy purchased her painting of the White House from her first one-woman show.

Today, she is represented by, Frank J. Miele Gallery,1086 Madison Ave, NY NY 10028 - (212)  249-7250 and Ernie Wolfe Gallery, 1655 Sawtelle Blvd, LA 90064 (310) 468-2960. Fine Art Prints are available through the web site, just click 'contact' above.

Her first book "Out Of My Mind" (Kristin Nelson Tinker) was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1997. It is an art-autobiography containing more than one hundred full color paintings that portray thirty years of American dreaming in the decades following a postwar America. The book resonates powerfully with the readers of Nelson's generation. Kris uses her paintings, family photographs, diary entries, her poems and well-chosen selections from contemporary songs and poems. She tells the story of her life growing up in the Fifties in a formidable family. One that, like the nation at large - papered over the reality of emotional pain and conflict with the images of happiness; of a marriage to a gifted man who got lost on the way to adulthood. Her struggles as a single parent, intense emotional crisis, recovery, and an increasingly strong belief in herself as an artist are all part of the story. "Out Of My Mind" is a moving record of the great (and, occasionally, the not so great) moments in her family history, an extraordinary document of a life divided between the private quest for emotional truth and the landscape of our collective myths.


The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. @ ($35.00)

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