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Carlton Nell

2020 State Fellow

Southern Prize Finalist

Carlton Nell

Recipient Information


Opelika, Alabama


Silver on Film

Year of Award


Grant or Fellowship

Southern Prize and State Fellowship

Grant Amount


Artist Biography 

Carlton Nell’s painting and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and are included in many public and private collections. He is a professor at Auburn University and lives in Opelika, Alabama where he maintains a studio. He is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, and Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta.

Artist Statement

These silver drawings are part of on-going work expressing thoughts that originate from direct observation of immediate visual surroundings. My interest is how abstract visual properties — shape, tone, pattern, scale, etc. — form a framework for seeing the world. By using these properties as a prism with which to view and suspend the observed world, my hope is that it leads to a deeper experience of it.

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