Hylton’s Edge (L’ArcoBaleno)

Nel has a complicated relationship with his work. For many years, he simply did not hold on to much of it, selling or destroying virtually every piece he produced. “There’s often a brief euphoric period,” after finishing a piece, he explained, “when you think, ah! That was great. That was really great.And then a day, or half a day, or the morning passes, and you look at it again and you think oh my god.” But luckily for those of us who deeply enjoy his witty irreverence, the almost painfully modest artist admits that, “I’ve taught myself not to smash a thing until it’s been around for some months.”

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