Surmrit Gallery of Art & Design

Nelson White

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Nelson White is an artist & illustrator who was born in the small community of Flat Bay , Newfoundland as a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. His father is a respected elder who was recently awarded the Order of Newfoundland for his lifetime of lobbying for the rights of Mi'kmaq in the province. Nelson attended the Visual Arts program at the then Bay St. George Community College and later the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. 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 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. Nelson currently lives in St. John’s, NL with his wife Barbara, his daughter Rebecca, an English bulldog named Higgins, Sami the cat and several fish.