Bernarducci Gallery is pleased to present New York Paintings, a solo exhibition by Nathan Walsh. Walsh is best known for his large-scale depictions of major cities, which at first seem hyperrealistic, but which upon closer examination, involve a careful manipulation of time and place. After several trips to New York, Walsh became inspired to take the city where much of his artistic career blossomed as his muse. The exhibition is a celebration of the urban landscape, and the works included in New York Paintings feature many of the cities iconic landmarks and busiest intersections – from Times Square to Dumbo in Brooklyn, to 59th Street on the Upper East Side.
The works draw on European and American art historical painting traditions, including Pointillism, Post Impressionism, and Contemporary Realism, exploring a myriad the possibilities for the medium of painting. The works themselves are ‘surface-oriented,’ and a close look at the paintings reveal deeply textured works that create a rich visual experience for the viewer.
Walsh typically spends a sustained period of time, often days photographing a particular space or intersection before creating postcard-sized sketches that bring together different aspects of the location that he is working to portray. While often characterized as a realist painter, Walsh approaches his paintings with a more open perspective, creating works that are composites of visual information rather than pure documentation. The works bring together different aspects of a single space borrowed from different photographs, capturing the memory and feeling of a place and creating a more universal experience for viewers.
Fascinated by both the architecture and the culture of his locations, Walsh creates paintings that explore the interplay between these two ideas. Among the works on view will be “Catching Fire,” a large-scale depiction of Times Square that was made over the course of several years. The work captures the passage of time, depicting a place that is at once familiar and invented. To create the painting Walsh photographed Times Square over the course of several years, ultimately compiling his favorite perspectives from roughly 3,000 photographs to create a coherent representation of the space. The work depicts actual as well as signage that is imagined, capturing the visual language of Times Square.
Nathan Walsh lives and works in Wales, Great Britain. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Hull where artist Clive Head was his mentor and teacher. A full color catalog is available with an essay by Mr. Head.
Walsh is a natural fit to Bernarducci Gallery’s program, which represents emerging and established artists who are part of the New Precisionist Realist movement. Bernarducci Gallery was founded by Frank Bernarducci, a longtime 57th street art dealer and champion of realist painters. For further information email him at [email protected].