NEW YORK, NY.- Bernarducci Meisel Gallery
announces the first solo exhibition for painter Nathan Walsh in New York City. The paintings of Nathan Walsh transcend reality in their portrayal of major American cities. Choosing from his experiences in cities such as Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, the artist paints the locations he deems most inspiring and stimulating, both architecturally and culturally. Walsh begins his laborious process with a single postcard size sketch that he transforms into a monumental composition. After all, does the complex architecture of the modern city not lend itself to be transformed into an equally complex painting? Just like the blueprint of an architectural marvel, Walshs underdrawings reveal the complexity of his final creation, the finished painting.
23 Skidoo is a 10-foot wide painting featuring New York Citys famed Flatiron Building. Painted in panorama it depicts the triple intersection; 23rd Street crossing Fifth Avenue and Broadway. This composition mirrors the canonical frontal view of the triangular building that resembles a flat iron. The artist captures the building amidst a bustling, summer afternoon. Pedestrians and street vendors are granted an equal amount of detail as that of the surrounding architecture. Most importantly, the feel of the daily hustle and bustle of the city is portrayed in this epic composition.
Transamerica is a painting of the Transamerica Pyramid office tower in the Chinatown section of San Francisco and the citys tallest building. Walsh however, chose to portray the culture identity of its neighborhood center stage rather than the building itself. The viewer is introduced to the composition through a storefront window in which the reflection of the building is depicted in extraordinary detail, muted by the trinkets and souvenirs that are for sale. Although Walsh paints very accurate views of his subject he exercises artistic license to add to his composition. The dolls displayed in the foreground for example, were added by the artist and were not originally in the display.
Todays advanced technology, prompted an app entitled Repentir is available for both the 23 Skidoo and the Transamerica paintings. The app allows one to rewind the artistic process of the artist down to the underdrawing, after taking a photo of the painting or reproduction of it. A slew of technical secrets and mysteries are unveiled with a closer look into his lengthy process. The dexterity with which these paintings are born is indicative of the artists dedication to capturing the drama of the modern day city.
Nathan Walsh lives and works in York, England. Walsh earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Hull where artist Clive Head was his mentor and teacher. Walshs paintings have been exhibited in many notable group exhibitions all over the world and are featured in the Promising Artists section of Louis K. Meisels fourth and final tome on Photorealism, entitled Photorealism in the Digital Age, available this November from Harry N. Abrams Publishers. An exhibition catalogue is also available.