"R. Kenton Nelson, now known as Kenton Nelson, was born in Pasadena, California. His great-uncle, whom he was named after, was Roberto Montenegro, a Mexican muralist who was friends with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (who married in his garden). His father worked at General Motors and his mother was a housewife. He graduated from the California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, CA and attended the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA." (Wikipedia)

"I am Kenton Nelson, I paint for a living, and live near Los Angeles.
We are an amalgam of all those things we love, and collect."

"He loves Fred Astaire, Walt Disney, and the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler. If that sounds a bit, well, trichotomous, it could also describe the art of R. Kenton Nelson, where the mundane is glorified, reality is heightened, and perfection can be downright disturbing.

Born and raised in Pasadena, the 58-year old with the boyish face spent 18 years as a graphic designer and illustrator before turning to oils on canvas. Indeed, Nelson has made some 900 paintings in the last two decades -- which works out to about one a week -- but who's counting? Self-taught as a painter, Nelson literally was born with the art gene; his great uncle was Mexican muralist Roberto Montenegro.
'That,' adds Nelson, 'obviously affected my work, because when I started out painting, I was primarily wanting to do murals. And most of my paintings are from that perspective: a worm's-eye view."

His works are also a world unto itself. A more upbeat combination of Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, and other American Scene painters, the genre--narrative realism--often evokes the good life in Southern California. Voluptuous bathing beauties in 2-piece swimsuits can be seen diving, squirting ketchup on a hot dog, or taking a leisurely bicycle ride on the boardwalk--albeit with various body parts out of frame." See more link above.
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