biography of George Laurence NELSON (1887-1978)

Birth place: New Rochelle, NY

Death place: Kent, CT

Addresses: Kent, CT

Profession: Painter, art restorer painter, portrait painter, mural painter, lithographer

Studied: Buffalo ASL; ASL; NAD Sch.; Académie Julian, Paris with J.P. Laurens, 1911

Exhibited: LACMA; TMA; Albright A. Gal.; Rochester Mem. A. Gal.; Montclair A. Mus.; AIC; John Herron AI; Tex. State Far; Detroit Inst. A.; Md. Inst.; Boston AC, 1908; Paris Salons, 1912-13; PAFA Ann., 1915-35; S. Indp. A., 1917; CAFA, 1918 (prize), 1926 (prize), 1928, 1935 (prize); NAD, 1921 (Isidor Gold Med.), 1971; Salons of Am., 1923; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1919-37 (6 times); NAC, 1939 (med.); Venice Int, 1941; Meriden (Conn.) A. & Crafts Soc., 1945 (prize), 1964 (first prize for print); Kent Art Assn, 1969 (first prize for oils); Portraits, Inc. and Grand Central Art Gal., NYC, 1970s

Member: ANA, 1929; NA, 1942; SC; CAFA; NYWCC; Kent AA; Am. WCS; All. A. Am. (pres., 1941-43); emer. mem., Salmagundi Cl.; life mem. NAC

Work: NAD; NAC; AAAL; portraits, NY Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, both in NYC; Reed Mem. Lib., Carmel, NY; Univ. Buffalo; State Normal Sch., Plattsburg, NY; Springfield (Ill.) AA; Canajoharie A. Gal; MMA; NYPL; CI; Bennington (Vt.) Hist. Soc.; Peace Palace, Geneva, Switzerland; Lithograph, MMA; oil & lithograph, New Britain Art Mus., Conn.; portraits, Am. Acad. Arts & Lett.; Peace Palace, Geneva, Switz. & New York Hosp. Commissions: portraits, New York Acad. Med., 1950, Canterbury Sch., New Milford, Conn., 1950, Cochran House Fairfield State Hosp., 1956, Shipley Sch., Bryn Mawr, Pa., 1966 & Middlesex Nursing Sch., Middletown, Conn., 1971.

Comments: Preferred media: oils. Positions: pres., Kent Art Assn., 1954-68. Teaching: CUA Sch., 1915-23; NAD, 1910-41; Cooper Union, 1916-on.

Sources: WW73; WW47; Cuthbert Lee Contemporary American Portrait Painters (1929); Falk, Exh. Record Series.