Publications / Press Releases

Oct. 9, 2016 - Duluth Budgeteer

News - "Shakespeare Inspires Local Artists"

Jan. 2016 - Apopka Newspaper

March 29, 2012 The Pine Journal -

"The Chair Lady Comes to Churchill"

Jan 15, 2009 - Duluth News Tribune- "Cloquet woman tells stories with paint and chairs"

Fall, 2008 -Overseas Adventure Travel Magazine - China chair featured that won Blue Ribbon at Minnesota State Fair

Mar  6, 2008 The Reader  - "Featured Artist - Kris Nelson"

May  2, 2003 Duluth News Tribune -   "DAI art auction thinks small - about 7 inches"

July 31, 2002 - Pine Journal - People  www.cloquetmn.com "These works of art will have you 'sitting up' and taking notice"


​​​​​​​I am, Kris B. Nelson, the "CHAIR LADY". I have been painting chairs since 1996. I have tried watercolor, stained glass, weaving, pottery and quilting but found my true passion with chairs.  It started with two bedroom chairs that I wanted to paint to match my quilt. It has now grown way beyond that.  I have 200 chairs in storage that are waiting to be painted. My repurposed chairs range in styles from antique to modern. I use acrylic paint with 3 coats of poly to protect them.  I have now completed over 436 chairs. My goal is to complete 1,000 before I turn 100 years old!


My subject matter varies from animals to people to scenes to social commentary.  My chairs tell a story.  Each chair has a personality and I try to match the style of the chair to my composition.  I will never go back to painting on canvas.  The chair is my canvas.  I find it more challenging and interesting to paint on a three dimensional surface.  I have to be constantly turning the chair around to consider all angles at which it will be viewed.  I hope my chairs will make a difference by taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. I want to excite the imagination and stimulate the emotions of my viewers.



AWARDS / INSTALLATIONS

2017 - MERIT AWARD - ARTISTS OF MN - "THE KILLING CHAIR"


2015 - MERIT AWARD - ARTISTS OF MN - "TULIP CHAIR"


2013 - "HEALING CHAIR"- CLOQUET HOSPITAL - PERMANENT COLLECTION


2009 - HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS- HONORABLE MENTION - "DEATH OF A MARRIAGE" CHAIR


2008 - MN STATE FAIR BLUE RIBBON WINNER - "NOT MADE IN CHINA" CHAIR


ART SHOWS

2018 - DYLAN FEST, DLULTH , MN

2018 - 315 GALLERY, DULUTH, MN

2017 - ZEITGEIST, DULUTH, MN

2017 - LIZZARDS, DULUTH, MN 

​2018 -2001- DULUTH ART INSTITUTE, MN

2018 - 2015 - ARTISTS OF MN

2016 - APOPKA CITY HALL, FL - SOLO 

2016 - 2013 - BIG LAKE ART FAIR, MN

2016 - 2014 - MOUNT DORA CENTER, FL

2014 - RED MUG, WI - SOLO SHOW

2014 - UUCD, MN - SOLO SHOW

2012 - HOPKINS CENTER, MN - SOL0 

2010 - MPLS INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

2009 - WASHBURN MUSEUM, WI

2008 - PARAMOUNT GALLERY, MN