Painted on primed gesso board, Eastwood’s paintings have their origin in snapshot photographs taken of his environment both, domestically and out and about that started in started in 2011 with a small painting of his staircase ‘Nook’ at his home. 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.
The artist has stated: “I just want to paint life as I see it, everyday realism, the ordinary person (the proletariat) getting on with life; social realities. I use my camera phone and capture these fleeting moments which normally go unnoticed. The content is what I am concerned with, this is what I want to paint.
“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 (exhibition press release)
Nathan Eastwood (b. 1972). Graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art in 2009. Eastwood is the Inaugural winner of the 2014 East London Painting Prize and has been selected for the Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, 2013; John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2012; Celeste Art Prize, T2, Old Truman Brewery London & Lyon & Turnbull Galleries, Edinburgh, 2007.
Eastwood’s solo exhibitions: My England at Sid Motion Gallery. Laptop & Chips at SE9 Container Gallery. Work/Recreation/Freedom at Nunnery Gallery, London.
Group exhibitions include: Me, Myself & I at Collyer Bristow Gallery London UK. Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century, the National Museum in Gdańsk, Poland.
Publications: Made in Britain, (group exhibition catalogue) National Museum Gdansk Poland 2019. The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting – Edited by Matt Price and published by Anomie 2018. Please see Artist website for further info.