Approved: 20.10.2011

Nathan Eastwood

Artist

Archived
Approved: 20.10.2011

I often ask myself what makes a social realist painting? How do I make a social realist painting? Should an artist if wanting to paint in a social realist context have a political commitment and conscience? What does the working class look like today? Owen Jones poses asks the question; ‘what is the working class in the twenty-first century Britain?’

My grey paintings are meticulously made using

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  • Location: London
  • Categories: Painting
 
 

Biography

I often ask myself what makes a social realist painting? How do I make a social realist painting? Should an artist if wanting to paint in a social realist context have a political commitment and conscience? What does the working class look like today? Owen Jones poses asks the question; ‘what is the working class in the twenty-first century Britain?’ My grey paintings are meticulously made using humbrol enamel paint on MDF. These paintings are based on photographs that I take myself using a camera phone. The photos are quite casual, but each chosen motif is part of an on-going investigation. I am interested in painting the contemporary working class. The paintings have become an allegorical of contemporary social existence. I often spend time sitting in places like launderettes and cafes chatting with other people or I am at home performing domestic duties. At certain moments, when making my bed, walking around in public spaces, noticing rubbish scattered around, picking up the kids from school, surfing the internet, and watching question time, I think yes, this is real life; this is what I know, and so this is what I want to paint. And so my intentions are to make paintings that integrate real life and that reflect my social conditions. The photograph acts as the bridge between my painted support and the real world; they provide me information and content that act as a vehicle, allowing me; time to re-present and examine/scrutinise the real social existence. Ultimately, my objective is to make a contemporary social realist painting; to utilise the language of the photographic, its indexicality of sings of the real world and to make to the premise of socio-realist painting contemporary. The enamel paint is very thin and requires many layers to build up the surface creating any real substance, depth and a sense of physicality. The paint dries too quickly, so too slow this down I use a little glaze to extend and keep the enamel wet longer. The painted works that I make reveal loose brushwork, marks and the surface is riddled with imperfections, such as trapped dust and hair. This series of imperfections inherent within the application and inability to make the painting simulate the photographic print positions my paintings as not being, photo real. The enamel paint relates to the interior where you will find a painted radiator, skirting boards, or something like this.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, London 2005 - BA Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury 1999 - Art and Design, Mid-Kent College, Rochester Solo exhibition: Contemporary British Painting Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, London (forthcoming)

~~Previous Solo Exhibitions

 

2014  

Work/Recreation/Freedom, Nunnery Gallery, London 

Domestic Realism, (CBP) Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church, London 

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2014  

Towards a New Socio-Painting, Transition Gallery, London 

Prize winner: The East London Painting Prize, The Nunnery Gallery Bow Road London

Signal Over Noise / Don’t Split the Focus, Walthamstow E17 London

This Year’s Model, Studio1.1′s, Shoreditch, London E2 

 

2013  

Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt at St Marylebone, London

Zeitgeist Arts Projects, ASC Studios, London (On-line catalogue)

Threadneedle Prize, (finalist) Mall Galleries, London (On-line catalogue)

Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

 

2012  

John Moores Painting Prize, (finalist) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Occupied Realism, Portman Gallery, E2 0PX London

 

2011  

Platform C’s Emergent Art Show, Vyner Street Gallery, Vyner Street, London

 

2010  

Artworks Open 2010, Barbican Arts Group Trust, E17, London

Dazzleships, Rose & Crown Theatre Pub E17, London

 

2009  

Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London 

17 Ingredients Measures of Autonomy, Studio One, London

MA Final Exhibition, Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, UAL, London

MA Interim Show, Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, UAL, London

 

2007  

Celeste Finalists’ Exhibition, Lyon & Turnbull galleries, Edinburgh’s Scotland

Celeste Art Prize Finalist, T2, Old Truman Brewery Complex, London

                                                      

2005  

Highlights of New Graduate Work, the Metropolis Galleries, Kent

BA Final Exhibition, UCCA, (Formerly known as KIAD) Canterbury, Kent

 

 

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

 

2014  

Towards a New Socio-Painting, Transition Gallery London 

 

 

Talks 

 

2014  

Towards A New Socio-Painting (Panel Discussion) Transition gallery, London

Showing Painting (Panel Discussion) the Nunnery gallery, London

 

2009  

Who is Art For? (Panel Discussion) Byam Shaw, London 

 

 

 

Awards and Prizes 

 

2014  

Prize winner of the East London Painting Prize, The Nunnery Gallery Bow Road London

 

2008 

South Square Trust Scholarship, MA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (CSM) 

 

2007  

Shortlisted for Celeste Art Prize Finals

 

2005  

Outstanding Achievement Award, BA Fine Art