New Commission: Fountain of Truth (mixed media)

Nat Coalson - Fountain of Truth (Printing)

A private art collector in Northampton, England has commissioned me to create a bespoke work using my abstract photograph ‘Fountain of Truth’.

I’ve printed the image on canvas at 30×45 inches, plus a black border for stretching.

Next I will use brushes and sponges to apply hand embellishing with transparent acrylic, building up the image in layers.

The finished work will hang in the master bedroom of the residence.

You can commission your own bespoke artworks (at less cost than you might think) by contacting me.

New Commission: Custom Variation on ‘Waiting for Dawn’

Nat Coalson - Waiting for Dawn (Custom Commission)

A private art collector in Minnesota, USA has commissioned a bespoke variation on my ‪abstract‬ ‪photograph‬ Waiting for Dawn.

This has been one of my most popular images. Several collectors have ordered original mixed media works and reproductions of it, making subtle adjustments to customize it for their home.

The current commission called for a custom crop printed to the size of 22×36 inches. The collector also requested that I tweak some of the colors here and there, adding more saturation and hues to match their interior decor scheme.

The custom image is being printed as a straight chromogenic print on luster photo paper, and will be matted and framed for hanging.

I’ll write up a more detailed case study of this project, along with final photos, once the art has been installed.

New Abstract Photograph: Intersections (Man + Nature)

Abstract Photograph: Intersections (Man + Nature) by Nat Coalson

In 2014, Ruth and I led another private photo tour around Tuscany, Italy. One of our group’s favorite towns was San Gimignano, an architectural wonder from medieval times.

We first photographed the iconic village from the surrounding area, then gradually worked our way into the city. Everyone made compelling images depicting all facets of this magical town.

While I was wandering around the back alleys, I discovered an outdoor restaurant patio attached to a hotel. Lovely glass panels were all around, each reflecting and refracting the afternoon sun as it came down in slivers between the tall stone towers surrounding the courtyard.

This photograph shows a closeup of the refraction of glass panels on a textured fabric surface. Although it’s far from the typical photograph of San Gimignano, for me it epitomizes the special vignettes that can be found in every little corner of the world.

As with all my photographs, fine art prints and original abstract mixed media works are available, so get in touch if you can envision this adorning your walls.

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New Abstract Photograph: Culminate

Abstract Photograph: Culminate by Nat Coalson

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For many years, I’ve been working to refine my vision in creating pure abstraction using the camera. It’s been difficult in ways I didn’t expect.

Making an abstract photograph can be hard, to begin with, because we can very easily make sense of pictures and figure out ‘what the thing is’. If you can tell what it is, it isn’t truly abstract.

Second, even if a photograph may be called truly abstract, it might not be beautiful or interesting. I’ve long known that I am mainly concerned with making pictures that are beautiful and interesting, in various ways, rather than pursuing the all-too-common goal in fine art of presenting ugliness.

With these two objectives forming a prime directive—it must be truly abstract and it must be lovely—most of the pictures I make inevitably fail the test. (What you see here on my web site are the ones that I feel succeeded…)

Every once in a while, I make a picture that, in every way, feels right. It simply clicks. And I know I’m on the right path for myself as an artist.

This is one of those images. I have many thousands of pictures in my body of work, but relatively few that I really love. This one just does it for me.

I made this picture in Korčula, Croatia. It’s a very beautiful city known for innumerable views and scenery that capture the heart and mind. But. as always, I look for something beyond the obvious.

This is a close-up, although not extreme macro, photograph of a metal door with dark brown paint. Over many years people had taped posters and flyers to the door. While the posters have long gone, the cracked and peeling residue of the tape remains, creating unbelievably intricate patterns and textures forming enigmatic shapes.

Close-up black-and-white photograph of dried and cracking tape on a metal door in Korcula, Croatia. Reminiscent of an ink drawing. Fine art prints available; contact Nat Coalson to purchase.

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The detail captured here is almost unbelievable. I used my favourite camera of all time, the Sony A7R II, which has a resolution of 42.4 effective megapixels. With the camera on a tripod, I very carefully chose the settings for the shot and focused critically to get the absolute sharpest image possible. To the right is a small section of the image, enlarged to show the amazing detail. As you can see, I could easily cut this image apart to make an unlimited number of variations and sets of images designed to hang together on a wall.

Although the original capture was very monochromatic (pretty much all brown hues) I decided to make it a straight black-and-white to emphasize the very graphic nature of the image. It strongly reminds me of a pen and ink drawing, which I loved to do as a child and teenager. Maybe this is why it resonates with me so much?

What do you think? Do you like it? Why or why not? What does it remind you of?

Would you hang a huge print of this in your living room, or on your office wall?

I’d love to hear your comments, please post them here.

And, as always, contact me if you’d like to discuss a purchase.

Photos from 2016 Castle Ashby art festival

We had a super time at the Castle Ashby art festival last weekend… attendance and sales were good, and people really responded enthusiastically to my abstract mixed media works.

Here’s what one visitor said: “I was blown away by your stand! My wife and I are planning a big redesign of the house this summer and would love to feature your work. A big ‘thank you’ to you and Ruth for exhibiting at Castle Ashby this year – we visit every year and this year was made special by discovering your work.”



Open 27 in Leicester

Here’s a fun video produced by the organisers of Leicester’s Open 27 exhibition at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.

If you pay attention you can see them hanging my two abstract works on canvas, right around the 30-second mark.

New Abstract Photograph: Mosaic Veil

Abstract Photograph: Mosaic Veil by Nat Coalson

Abstract photograph made in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Multicoloured blocks appear arranged in a grid interrupted by transparent lines and subtle textures.

Available as a fine art print on any material. Also available as an original mixed media work, hand-embellished with acrylic.

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Contact us for details and ordering.

New Abstract Photograph: Gaelbreton Beam

Abstract Photograph: Gaelbreton Beam by Nat Coalson

This is the kind of photograph I am always looking for. Simple, graphic, enigmatic.

I’ve titled this image ‘Gaelbreton Beam’ because, to me, it portrays a bridge and a beacon in the gap between the ancient peoples of Europe. (Weird, I know.)

The Gaels descended from the Celts and became what are considered the native inhabitants of the British Isles. The Bretons come from essentially the same genetic lineage, but became the people of Brittany, and eventually, modern France.

Throughout millennia, the people of England and France have been tied together by blood, marriage and historic events. Only the English Channel—a shallow stretch of water only about 20 miles wide—separates these kindred people. But so much has divided them.

This abstract photograph was made in Paris, France and presents a minimalist composition featuring a multi-hued teal blue strip dropping down into a deep black background.

Fine art prints available on any material, in any size. Also available as mixed media original on canvas with hand embellished acrylic.

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Contact us for details

New Abstract Photograph: Selfish

Abstract Photograph: Selfish by Nat Coalson

I roam the world looking for subjects to create interesting abstract photographs. When I see an opportunity to make a photo like this, things just click together.

This is a photograph of the outside of a building housing Selfridges, a retailer in Birmingham, England. It’s an iconic structure and has been photographed many times. This is my take on it.

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Fine art prints are available; contact us for details.

Designer Spotlight: Jenni Jane Hellstern

Jenni Jane Hellstern

Jenni Jane Hellstern – Courtesy of Studio 11 Design, Credit: Laura Morsman Photography

I recently met Jenni Jane Hellstern at an event sponsored by the NEWH United Kingdom. An American interior designer who recently relocated to the UK, Jenni Jane was named as one of Boutique Design’s Boutique 18 for 2016 so I was thrilled when she graciously accepted my invitation for an interview. Her experience and insight are inspiring for many people developing careers in the creative fields, especially hospitality design.

First, please tell us about your current job role(s) as a hospitality designer?

For the last 2-1/2 years I have been an Interior Designer for Studio 11 Design, based in Dallas, Texas. Studio 11 Design has provided me with some incredible projects to be a part of and I wouldn’t be the designer I am today without the experience I’ve gained through working with them.

I recently relocated to the UK from Dallas, my hometown, to help expand the company into the European market. I’ve been here about 8 weeks and loving it, although it’s been a challenging adjustment!
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Brick Lane Gallery Reception

Ruth and I had a great time at the opening reception for my abstract art show at the Brick Lane Gallery in London! Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show, and thanks to Lucy and her associates at Brick Lane for putting on a fantastic exhibition.

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New abstract photograph: Time Passage II (Armstrong)

Abstract Photograph: Time Passage II (Armstrong) by Nat Coalson

This abstract photograph was made at a vintage clothing store in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The energetic composition features warm, monochromatic hues with strong, masculine graphics and transparent lines engaged in a dynamic rhythm.

You can own this fine art photograph as a print on any material and in any size.

Also available as original mixed media on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic.

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Next exhibition: Brick Lane Gallery, London

Abstract Photograph: Time Passages I (Althorpe) by Nat CoalsonI’m exhibiting four abstract, mixed media works on canvas in a group exhibition at Brick Lane Gallery in Shoreditch, London’s East End. All my works are for sale.

The Preview and opening reception is Wednesday, 11th November 6–8:30 pm.

The show runs through November 22.

The Brick Lane Gallery
196 Brick Lane
London E1 6SA

New Abstract Photograph: Gothia I

Abstract Photograph: Gothia I by Nat Coalson

I made this abstract photograph in Gothenburg, Sweden. The composition depicts a nebulous red blob, creating a strong focal point interacting with many transparent layers, lines and geometric shapes in textures of warm and cool hued grays.

There is something strangely familiar about this image. The graphics recall memories of strife and turmoil, but the structured composition conveys peace and stability. The many layers speak of the passage of time, yet the feeling is very much here-and-now. It appears as if chaos and order are coexisting within the frame and all is right with the universe.

This photograph is available for ownership as a limited edition fine art print or mixed media original, hand embellished with acrylic. Made to any size to fit your specifications.

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New Abstract Photograph: Highlander

Abstract Photograph: Highlander by Nat Coalson

This abstract photograph, created in Edinburgh, depicts my expression of the complex and multilayered history, landscape and people of Scotland, the Kingdom of Alba.

The composition features a criss-cross pattern of transparent blue and white, which at once recalls the iconic flag of Scotland along with the turbulent ocean and a long seafaring tradition.

Vibrant green hues, representing the fertile land and rugged mountains, accentuate the image.

The graphics are reminiscent of the iconic and historic Scotch tartan patterns, used for centuries to distinguish the myriad clans inhabiting the country’s various regions.

Making a dramatic statement in any contemporary interior, this photograph is available as a fine art print in any size, on any material, starting at $95.

Original mixed media works, created by hand-embellishing a pigment print on canvas, are also available.

Contact us for details and pricing on your own custom artwork.

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Designer Spotlight: Pat Miller of Leo A Daly

Pat-MillerPatricia Miller
Leo A Daly

Corporate Director of Hospitality
Managing Principal, Dallas

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Pat Miller of Leo A Daly about her work and the firm’s leading role in international hospitality design.

An acknowledged industry leader with an exceptional talent for design, management and client relationship building, Pat possesses more than three decades of experience in many facets of interior design.

Pat Miller is an industry leader in hospitality design with a rare ability to develop innovative solutions to the financing, teaming and problem solving needs of developers, REITs and hotel companies. Over the course of 30 years, she has developed a reputation as a valued resource and confidant in the creation of solutions for hospitality opportunities and is often asked by repeat clients to write complete programs. Under Pat’s leadership, Leo A Daly has been consistently recognized by top-tier hospitality magazines as one of the leading design and architectural firms in the industry.

NC (Nat Coalson): Can we first talk a bit about your role within Leo A Daly; I understand the scope of your job was recently expanded?

PM (Pat Miller): I wear many different hats in the company. The foremost is the Corporate Director of Hospitality for the company as a whole. I set company strategy on how we’ll do business in the hospitality industry as it relates to architecture, interior design and engineering. I oversee pretty much every hospitality project we have.

My second role—which is pretty daunting also—is the Managing Principal of the Dallas office.

These two roles have everything to do with hospitality, which allows me to be focused.

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