Size: 20"W x 20"H x 2.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This piece is painted in gesso on black acrylic and ready to hang. It is painted on a 2.5'' thick canvas that stands out handsomely from the wall in a museum style that doesn't require a frame.
Finding Balance describes the mentality I had creating this body of work. Rather than beginning with a specific plan or intention, I just begin painting, collaging, and layering — following the flow of the brush and seeing what comes out. I’m drawn to bright colors and contrast which is a strong driver in the creation of this series. Creating art is a pleasure and finding balance helps close each piece to move on to the next.
Finding Balance is:
Layering and Layering
Collaging, Rearranging, Starting over
Finding Thickness Of Line
When a brushy stroke that scratches across the canvas is good and shouldn’t be painted a second time
When colors drip and spill in just the right way
When stacked items create interesting negative space
I was born, raised, and went to college on the east coast in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Since I was very young I was always making things. I was drawing constantly. It became my elective focus through high school. Although I graduated with a business degree, I began with the School of Fine Arts at University of Connecticut and was able to continue taking classes through my time there. I began painting in college and never really stopped. I packed my car and moved to San Francisco in 2010. I bought huge panels of wood and lots of paint and just started painting in my room, and on my rooftop. I first started showing work publicly in local cafe’s around the Mission. After a few cafe shows I was invited to participate in my first group show in a gallery. Since then I’ve participated in multiple group shows, a few solo shows, and been featured in New Asterisk Magazine. I’ve been working on a lot of murals and large commissioned works recently. I tend to go into works with a go-with-the-flow type attitude and see where my brush strokes take me. When I don’t like what I’ve made, I just paint white over it and start again. instagram.com/elliottcnathan elliottcnathan.com