About & News

Lori Nelson

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

October 10, 4:00pm EST Print Release of “Bigger Than This Town” via The People’s Print Shop! Signed and numbered edition of 35, 12 x 18”

Secret Self, Solo Exhibition, July 13th – August 3rd, 2019 Modern Eden Gallery, North Beach, San Francisco

Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary, Group Exhibition, June 29th – August 3rd, 2019, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles

Recent Press

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue 19 (Print Edtition), Dec. 2017: Multipage Feature

Wow x woWLori Nelson – Find My Friends: How to Internet and Also Art – Guest Blog

Create Magazine: Lori Nelson

Fabrik Contemporary Art and DesignCorey Helford Gallery presents Lori Nelson “Cryptotweens: Find My Friends”

Vice's The Creators Project: Sci-Fi Paintings Show How Strange Being a Tween Girl Is 

Flavorwire: Creepy-Sweet Paintings of Cryptid Tweens Exploring a Bizarre Coming-of-Age Universe


Hi-FructoseLori Nelson Paints a Magical World of Monstrous ‘Cryptotweens’

Sweet Article on Disinfo about Lori's latest monster work! Here!

Great Article in Beautiful Bizarre on Lori Nelson: Click Here!


Recent Work

Cryptotweens: Find My Friends

Continuing the adventures of my Cryptotweens, this latest series, Find My Friends, takes place in a parallel universe where the subjects are neither child nor teen, human nor monster, and are on the verge of discovering their own personal powers. What makes this series different is the increased imagery of technology. As tech becomes increasingly apparent in our own landscape, it becomes ever more so in the world of my characters.

Cryptotweens have always embodied the strange and beastly aspects of not only adolescence but also of humanity in general. My wish is always to portray the awkward and homely as possibly beautiful and embraceable, if only we can be brave enough to stare at our own monstrosity with clear unpolluted eyes. The series title, Find My Friends is derived from an app of the same name. The plaintiveness of this phrase strikes me as more symbolic than the programmers of this locating tool probably ever intended, capturing the motivation behind much of our technology use: as we dive deeper into our devices, we we want nothing more than to find companionship. In this spirit, I’ve delivered a small friend or familiar to most of my Cryptotweens, almost as if granting a wish.

This is a gesture of my hope that all of us, everywhere, will eventually find our friends.


Painting the door at Cotton Candy Machine Gallery, Brooklyn Photo by Aviv Zucker