We had the good fortune of connecting with John Randall Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John Randall, what are you inspired by?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Actually, I’ve been busy with Public Art projects. This year I finished Cairns Garden, a Public/Private project commissioned by the City of Tempe and Hilton Hotels. Cairns Garden depicts the shifting views of a desert trail. Inspired by the history engraved landscape, nine sculptures and a dozen paintings depict a Nelson version of the local desert and the language of ancient civilizations. The installation is located on University Drive close to Mill Avenue. I’ve been living and working in that neighborhood for the past 20 years.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve been represented by some wonderful gallerists, so I would give a shout out to Bill Lykins at Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale, he’s been showing and selling my work for a long time. His support and the support of the Gebert family has been wonderful.