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Interview for Asian Hospitality

AH-FEATURE-Art-in-HotelsAsian Hospitality magazine recently interviewed me for an article about how hotel owners and operators can improve the art in their hotels.

Read the article here >

New Artist Statement – Insight into passion and process

I’ve recently completed a major overhaul of my main Artist Statement.

For all artists, working in any medium, writing about our work is an essential practice that carries surprising power. The artist statement is usually written after producing the visual works, as a way to explain the motivation and rationale behind the work. Often, collections, series and bodies of work may have their own individual statements. Sometimes a statement will be written in advance, to guide the production of a series.

The process of creating a statement also has incredible informative value toward the production of future work. When we dig deep to find answers, the process of writing our main Artist Statement can be challenging—to say the least. I reckon my current version underwent at least three dozen revisions. Below is one of my later drafts, before I really started the severe edits that resulted in the final version.

(I’m sharing this draft because this gives deep insight into how and why I do what I do, and why I’ve chosen this path in life. Much of this material was cut for the final, concise version; still some people might be interested in more detail…)

As always, thanks for your interest in my work, and please get in touch if you have any questions or there’s anything I can help you with. — Cheers, Nat

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Visual beauty and good design influence our happiness and well-being. Beauty can be found everywhere, but it’s not always obvious. Contemplating abstract imagery is beneficial for our minds.

My work is about discovering, sharing and appreciating the captivating, interesting and surprising imagery that can be found in any kind of place, natural or manmade. (more…)

Monochrome: Does it work for you?

Abstract Photography: Woodhouse 3 by Nat CoalsonI’ve always loved the effective use of well-coordinated, monochrome interiors.

I also make a lot of monochromatic art, such as the image to the right.

Monochrome simply means one hue (aka color or ‘chroma’).

A monochrome design can use varying shades—lighter and darker tones or values of the same hue—to create visual interest.

A pure monochrome scheme can have a very serene, calming, zen-like effect. To add sizzling sparks of visual energy, accentuate the design with pops of contrasting color.

So what do you think? Do you like monochrome treatments? What are your favourite hues to use in monochrome designs?

Opening Reception for Anima Astratto, St James Hotel, Nottingham

On 13th November, 2014 we hosted the opening reception for my exhibition Anima Astratto: Journey Into Perception at the St James Hotel, Nottingham. The turnout was fantastic and we all had a great time looking at and talking about the art. Below are photos from the event.

 

Nat’s work now represented by DAC

DAC Art ConsultingWe’re excited to announce that Nat’s art and photography is now being represented by DAC Art Consulting, one of the premier art consulting firms based in the U.S.

DAC has been serving the art consulting needs of the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors since 1982 and has a long tradition of developing creative artistic solutions that provide a customized setting for every client.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DAC works with both U.S. and international clients.

Click here to visit the DAC web site

Joining NEWH UK Board

NEWH UK LogoNEWH UK has invited me to join their Board of Directors as Publications Chair. I’m excited and honored to serve this excellent organization and looking forward to doing great work together!

Nat and Ruth exhibiting at Makers Mart 2013

Nat & Ruth Coalson at Makers Mart 2013This weekend we hosted a stall at the Makers Mart, held at the Curve Theatre in Leicester. We had a great turnout (and good sales) with lots of people stopping by to say ‘hi’ and see my work on display. Thanks to everyone who attended, and especially our new collectors!

Join us for Abstract Art reception 14th November

Abstract Photograph: Waiting for Dawn by Nat CoalsonA work of abstract art invites the viewer to interpret the picture for themselves. Looking at abstract imagery can become very personal as the imagery triggers memories, inspires emotions and asks more questions than it answers. Our experiences, preferences and preconceptions come into play as the mind yearns to make logical sense of colours, shapes and textures that seem strangely familiar…yet somehow remain just beyond the grasp of true comprehension. The appreciation of an abstract work of art is enhanced through an awareness of feelings, rather than seeking to draw concrete conclusions.

This inspiring exhibit presents eighteen large-format abstract works on canvas by American artist Nat Coalson. Many of the works in this exhibit are being shown publicly for the first time.

Get more details about the exhibit here >

You and your guests are invited to join us for the reception and private viewing. Please join us for an evening of fine art, canapés and drinks, laughter and friendship!

Ignes Fatui: The Light Beckons
Abstract Works by Nat Coalson

Thursday 14th November 2013 between 17.30 to 21:00 (GMT)

The Pedestrian Gallery
At LCB Depot

31 Rutland Street
Leicester. LE1 1RD
United Kingdom
http://www.pedestrian.info/contact/

We hope you’ll join us!

Solo Exhibition Featuring my Abstract Works

Abstract photograph made inside the Little Castle at Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, England. Features bright streaks of white, swirling over subtly tinted fields of blue and black in the background. Prints available in any size, on any material. Also available as hand embellished Limited Original. For details and pricing, please click the Purchase link above.During November 2013, we’re presenting a solo exhibition of Nat’s abstract, mixed media works in Leicester, England. The exhibit will be held over a period of two weeks, commencing with a reception at the historic Belmont Hotel in Leicester on Saturday 9th November. Then, beginning Tuesday 12th November, the show will hang at the Pedestrian Gallery in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. The exhibit concludes Monday 25th November.

Get all the details here

Abstract Art Exhibition and Reception 9th November

Abstract photograph printed on canvas and overpainted by hand with acrylic; mixed media fine art piece.Save the Date! We’re hosting an art show and reception at The Belmont Hotel in Leicester, England the evening of Saturday, November 9, 2013. Nat will present nearly two dozen of his original fine art works, most of which are being exhibited publicly for the first time. The main feature of the show is a collection of abstract, Limited Original works on canvas, hand-embellished with clear acrylic paint. You simply must see these unique, mixed media pieces in person to fully appreciate the incredible texture and depth of these signature works. Nat will also give an artist talk about his innovative creative process. We’re finalizing details and will be sending invitations in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

New Representation: Graphic Encounter

Nat Coalson Art at Graphic EncounterIt’s not often that I allow outside entities to represent my work; this is a change. Recently, after several discussions with Ron Golbus and his team at Graphic Encounter, I’ve decided to partner with them to represent my photography and mixed media work for select projects.

Since 1970, Graphic Encounter has provided artworks for hotels, hospitality, healthcare, corporate offices and many other commercial projects, and I am thrilled that they are now representing my abstract photography, abstract mixed media and travel photography works. Graphic Encounter represents a very wide range of art styles, genres and installation types, check out their web site.

Photography Exhibition in Denver

I’m pleased to announce that my photography will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Denver Photo Art Gallery in the Arts District on Santa Fe. The show runs July 1 to August 25.

The exhibition is titled An Intimate Look at Nature and includes 15 photographs selected from my close-up nature collections, presented as large prints with contemporary finishes.

My artist statement for the show: “Nature is all around us, but much of its beauty goes unnoticed. Subtle textures, patterns, colors and shapes beg for a closer look. These photographs invite you to contemplate the simple yet sophisticated beauty of the natural world, and will impart peace and tranquility to your surroundings.”

The signature image for the show, titled Flow III (above right), is presented as a 40×40-inch fine art print on canvas. The image depicts the shallow water of a mountain stream, flowing over brightly colored pebbles. As a large print, this photo has great impact and fine detail.

Please join us for the opening reception Friday night, July 1. Additional openings are scheduled First Fridays and Third Fridays through July and August. All work is available for purchase during the receptions and regular business hours, or by appointment other times.

I’m excited and honored for the opportunity to show my photographic art in one of Denver’s premier galleries for photography.

Denver Photo Art Gallery
833 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.744.7979

For more info about the exhibition and gallery please visit www.DenverPhotoArt.com