R. Kenton Nelson: Rhyme and Reason/Prose and Cons

This Pasadena-based artist’s figurative, architectural, and landscape paintings are contemporary recollections of the graphic style exemplified by the American Scene painters, the Regionalists, and the WPA (Works Progress Administration) artists of the 1930s. However, the documentary style of his paintings belies their function as timeless tableaus of American culture. With rich colors and striking compositions, Nelson’s paintings impart a sense of the heroic into his scenes of everyday life.