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William Nelson

On November First, 1959, The Population of New York City Was 8,042,783

William Nelson

William Nelson

On November First, 1959, The Population of New York City Was 8,042,783

On November First, 1959, The Population of New York City Was 8,042,783

William Nelson 

b. 1961

On November First, 1959, The Population of New York City Was 8,042,783 


Oil on canvas

Overall: 48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.8 cm)

Each panel 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Executed in 2020.




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Left panel: light abrasion in man's suit at bottom left 2" from bottom, approx. 5" in length.

Courtesy of Cavalier Galleries

The intention of this work is to generate conversations about values and identity by assembling unlikely pairs, Hollywood film icons and nostalgic comic book environments.

Each entity reveals a partial narrative. The nature of a comic and the personas of the movie stars, presented in the ethos of the Hollywood studio system, act as blank canvases for us to project our personal experience, principles and standards of behavior. There is a connection and a disconnect between these entities beyond technique. They exist within a single frame and are aware of each other’s existence yet there is an element of obliviousness. Something is happening and they can’t seem to take it in. Their dissociation, the separation of the two entities, compels comment.