Nelson White is an artist & illustrator who is a member of the Flat Bay First Nation Band (No'kmaq Village) in Flat Bay, Newfoundland. His father is a respected elder who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his lifetime of lobbying for the rights of Mi'kmaq people.
Nelson is a representational painter who interested in documenting the changing cultural landscape of his people. He is interested in displaying natives in a modern setting, telling stories of who we are now.
Nelson attended the Visual Arts program at the then Bay St. George Community College in Stephenville, NL and later the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS.. After a brief career in advertising, Nelson had a long career in administration both in professional sports and later non-profit. During that time he continued to paint and draw while focusing on commission work and one off projects.
Over the last number of years, Nelson has become a working artist with his pieces exhibited frequently throughout Canada and the US in both group and solo shows. His work can be found in several private and public collections in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Georgia. He was recently named the first Indigenous artist in residence at the Rooms, Newfoundland & Labradors Provincial Art Gallery.
Nelson currently lives in St. John’s, NL with his family plus an English bulldog named Higgins, Sami the cat and several fish.