Neltje: In the Family of Things

Artist, writer and entrepreneur Neltje overcame abuse, alcoholism, and suffocating social expectations to pursue a life of freedom and creativity in Wyoming. She was awarded the Wyoming Governor’s Art Award in 2005 and her works are held in numerous museum's permanent collections.

Artist Statement: "The majority of this exhibition plays with the concept of joy. Repetitive forms allow me to search out my feelings about summertime and the outrageously happy colors of my garden. Another part of the exhibition is, in a more tactile way, a time of memories."

McMurry Gallery, 2020.
In the Family of Things
Vibration, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Sisyphus Sunday, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Heartbeat, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
What kind of music would match this painting. Why?
Bird Calls, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Whose Bones Were New, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Wind Sprint, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Held Within, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Those Who Know, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Evolution, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Awake After Midnight, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Mostly Just Me I, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Mostly Just Me II, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Mostly Just Me III, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Soft Desire, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Language of Silence, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
There It Is All Around Us, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Pleasure of Recall, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Crevasses of Time, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Thoughtful License, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Difficult Time To Be Wise, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Loose Change, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
I Don't Want Much, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Floating High, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Look at the various colored shaped. What do they remind you of?
Refelctions, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Molten Memories, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Cradle of Impulse, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Inevitable, 2019. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Neltje is an Abstract Expressionist painter. Abstract Expressionism is an art style that uses color, line, and shape to convey emotions and meaning rather than reality. Each artist has their own unique way of 'expressing' emotions in their art.

The works in this gallery explore feelings, instead of focusing on how things look. Neltje uses vivid colors and bold brushstrokes to express joy inspired by her garden.

What brings you joy?

Do you see colors and shapes that remind you of a garden?

What colors and shapes would you use to express joy?

Neltje by Robin Layton, 2018. (12:36)

Learn more about Neltje and her work at http://neltje.com/.