Copyright Nathan Eastwood 2020
Nathan Eastwood studied fine Art at Kent Institute of Art & Design 2001-05 and then did his MA at Byam Shaw School of Art from 2008-09.
It was during Eastwood’s MA that he reached a conceptual point where he decided that the correct procedure in his development was to empty out his art practice off all existing references to the real world. This marked a time of purging and reducing his paintings to a minimal monochromatic object. The painted monochromatic object and its relationship to the exhibition space became his focus. The use of measurements bridged the gap between painted object and exhibition space. In 2011, Eastwood turned from this monochromatic, installation - based work and dedicated himself to depicting banal moments of everyday life in meticulous detail. These extensively glossy enamel paintings Eastwood has come to be well-known for.
Eastwood’s breakthrough showing of his painting ‘Nico’s café’ won him the East London Painting prize (as the inaugural winner). As part of the award he went on to enjoy having his first major solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in 2014 and was awarded a generous financial sum of money.
Painted on primed gesso board, Eastwood’s paintings have their origin in snapshot photographs taken of his environment both domestically and when out and about which started in 2011 with a small painting of his staircase, titled ‘Nook’. Since then he has produced dozens of paintings with the same loaded melancholic atmosphere, such as Dave 2013, Passing By 2014 to Rock & Roll 2015 and Two’s Company Three’s A Crowd, 2017.
“These obsessive, intensely atmospheric and melancholic paintings operate within the conceptual framework of photo-realism, yet the works reveal loose brush marks and surface imperfections such as trapped dust and hair under a seemingly shiny surface. In this way the paintings are fictional rather than strictly photo-realistic.” My England
The Artist painting practice refers to these social observations, - yet has subtexts of the UK’s Punk history: think of the Specials ‘Blank Expression’, or Sham 69 ‘I Don’t Wanna’.
“A new form of politics is emerging, and in ways we haven’t yet noticed. The living room has become a voting booth. Participation via television in Freedom Marches, in war, revolution, pollution, and other events is changing everything.” Jerome Agel
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