The Art of Kadir Nelson
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Award-winning artist and illustrator features artwork from his various books including Nelson Mandela, Ellington Was Not a Street and others. Original new artwork created for the 40th Anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is also on display.
I feel that art’s highest function is that of a mirror, reflecting the innermost beauty and divinity of the human spirit; and it is most effective when it calls the viewer to remember one’s best self. I choose subject matter that has emotional and spiritual resonance and focuses on the journey of the hero as it relates to the personal and collective stories that encompass the human experience. In this exhibition, artwork from my various books Nelson Mandela, Heart and Soul: The Story of Americans and African Americans, Ellington Was Not a Street and others are featured. Original new artwork created for the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, is also on display.
Kadir Nelson is an award winning American author and artist whose work is exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections worldwide. His paintings are in the permanent collections of several notable institutions including the United States House of Representatives, Muskegon Museum of Art, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, the International Olympic Committee, and The Estate of Michael Jackson. Mr. Nelson has created artwork for a host of distinguished clients, including 12 commissioned commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service. Nelson is the winner of several Society of Illustrator Gold Medals, Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Author Awards, New York Times Best Illustrated Books, NAACP Image Awards and many more. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and currently resides in Los Angeles,California.