Born in Romania in 1958, he migrated to Australia in 1989 and fell in love with a country comprised of unique fauna and wildlife, vast open spaces and vibrant colors.
Greatly influenced by the emotional and enigmatic painters of the Expressionist period, particularly Van Gogh, as well as the brushstrokes of Australian artist John Perceval, Nelus' works are filled with tremendous energy. He combines dramatic, almost violent brushstrokes, lavish textures and resonant colors to depict the sinuous beauty of Australia.
Henri Matisse once remarked: 'Do I believe in God? Yes, when I am working, when I am submissive and modest. I feel myself to be greatly helped by someone who causes me to do things that exceed my capabilities.'
In Nelus' work there is a similar sense of transcendence, as he explores a spiritual relationship with the Australian environment. His energetic approach to the creative process is an attempt to engage with the newness of nature, and each of his paintings contains the intensity of a newly formed, or perceived, landscape.
Rather then simply being representations of particular locations, Nelus' paintings move beyond the canvas into the realm of personal experience and subconscious images. They reflect the tension between nature and the human element, and celebrate the natural beauty of Australia. Nelus' current works draw upon both childhood memories and adult sensibilities, focusing on the landscape as both physical and culturally encoded site.