Levi Nelson is an artist from the Lil’wat Nation located in Mount Currie, BC, Canada. He recently completed his undergraduate degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, with a focus in the Visual Arts. He was also selected to partake in the Audain Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Program, Presented by RBC in conjunction with Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing. Nelson’s work can best be described as contemporary First Nations art, where he fuses Aboriginal elements and ideas concerning Indigeneity, with pop culture imagery through the traditional Western practice of oil painting, in addition to mixed media; integrating silkscreen, paint, and collage on canvas.
This new exhibition curated by Jordana Luggi celebrates the deeply personal and profound work of four emerging artists: Levi Nelson, Jaz Whitford, Morgan Whitehead and Raven John; and their unique identities and stories as queer Indigenous people.
There’s an interesting photo on Levi Nelson’s Instagram feed, dated August 21, 2019. Sandwiched in amongst shots of his paintings or images of life in his hometown of Mount Currie, there’s a simple photo of a clear plastic cup with the words “urine only” scrawled on it in thick blue ink.