Nelson is known for his paintings that assemble unlikely pairs, or groups of figures – such as Hollywood film icons and nostalgic comic book environments – that would not normally be considered in the same frame.

In his newest series, PRETTY, Delightful, Desirable, DANGEROUS, Nelson ditches the comic book environments for iconic New York City locations to recreate the synopsis of notable movies. Each painting in the series poses a question; the viewer is invited to enter the intersection between the figures to interpret, and reinterpret, the subject of the painting, to explore the link between the figures. Sometimes what’s going on is intense, however, the playful expression of the paintings empowers further examination of challenging subjects.

PRETTY, Delightful, Desirable, DANGEROUS, will be on view at Cavalier Galleries’s New York City location at 3 West 57th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019 from September 29 – October 29.