SE9 Container Gallery

Nathan Eastwood

Laptop & Chips

Date: exhibition




The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of emerging British artist and winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood.  


His series of paintings are based on photos taken with a smart phone and meticulously made using enamel paint on board. This painting practice started in 2011 after a period of time spent thinking about his potential development as an artist. Eastwood selected a simple photographic picture of his staircase in his house and made a painting based on this motif. Since then he has produced many paintings with the same intentions.  


Recently, Eastwood has reintroduced colour back into his paintings; representational of the artist’s interests in social content rather than formalist conclusions.  


“My painting practice has become specifically allegorical of day to day existence. My previous paintings I suppose were minimal and maintained a link between the monochromatic grey scale, monochromatic and social derived content; but now the paintings are moving away into colour allowing the social content to take priority; this is where my focus should be. Now my paintings are allegorical of everyday life.”


Eastwood occupies a special place in the art world that believes painting still has the power to reflect ones social relations and the proletariat.  This proposition corresponds clearly to Eastwood’s interests in the works of writers such as Allan Bennett, Robert Tressell, and Alan Sillitoe.  


The paintings featured in Laptop and Chips are mostly small scale works, made on a table in the artist’s kitchen. Eastwood works into the early hours of the morning whilst listening to music or with the TV on. The motifs are painted with an obsessive, brooding intensity with a melancholic atmosphere; he often paints solitarily. Emphasis has been placed on making art within the domestic space, allowing the integration of real life into his paintings.


Eastwood does not think of his paintings as realist but painted constructs functioning as fictional dialogues like a monologue between painted content and observer. In contrast with photographs, which act as mechanisms to reveal the truth to reality, Eastwood views the paintings as subjective constructs. Where photos are used as a truth procedure, the paintings can be viewed as open ended.