California Idealism
By Kenton Nelson

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May 2019

Hardcover | $35
ISBN 978-1-945551-58-1

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A Timeless Vision of California

Celebrated painter Kenton Nelson explores the idealistic California of his childhood dreams in this collection of works involving water. Saturated with color and longing, and balancing shadow and light, Water explores California with a powerful, unusual mix of sunny optimism and noir mystery.

With essays by composer/producer Van Dyke Parks and Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Below are just a few of our favorite paintings:

Praise for Water

“He is producing the landscape of our longings. Here paradise has not been lost. A bit complex, perhaps, but nothing of the graffiti, polluted air, and aggravated driving conditions in a state whose city populations have congealed into a honking mass.”
Jim Heimann, author of Los Angeles: Portrait of a City and Dark City: The Real Los Angeles Noir

“Nelson’s paintings are a kick to look at. But like the short stories by Cheever and Fitzgerald, they are not about milk and honey.”
Lynn Cline, The New Mexican

“Fables for our time, these are cynical little mysteries which leave the viewer to fill in the blanks.”
Rick Gilbert, Art Beat

Interview with Kenton!

The New Yorker has featured Kenton Nelson on five issues of their magazine to-date! For the release of the latest magazine that he is featured on, they interviewed Kenton about his inspiration and unique style. Check it out by clicking here!

Pasadena Now also interviewed Kenton Nelson in celebration of his fifth New Yorker Magazine cover! Click here to read the interview and hear about Kenton’s painting process, future plans, and more.

About the Author

Kenton Nelson’s paintings have been featured on several New Yorker covers and shown in galleries and museums from Los Angeles to Stuttgart to Salzburg. Collectors include Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, and the Albertina Contemporary Museum in Vienna. He has been on the faculty of the Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He lives and works in Pasadena, California. www.kentonnelson.com