TALL TREES + TALES

Nathan Durfee, July 2018


July 6, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Nathan Durfee

About the Exhibit

My objective for this show was to make 20 unique trees with 20 unique stories. The trees are not only backdrops for my narratives, but are also central characters dripping with personality....

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Tall trees + Tales

Pop Surreal Paintings from Nathan Durfee

On view: July 6 - 27

Opening Reception: July 6, 6-8pm

 

 

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Tall Trees + Tales, features the work of oil painter Nathan Durfee.  Nathan says of the exhibit, "My objective for this show was to make 20 unique trees with 20 unique stories. The trees are not only backdrops for my narratives, but are also central characters dripping with personality."

 

Nathan has been known to endlessly rework his initial sketches on the panel until he finds just the right composition. Once worked out, he systematically begins to build the painting with his diverse visual vocabulary of color and texture.  All are welcome to attend the July 6 event from 6–8PM where the artist will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Durfee’s previous shows have been defined by narrative elements; telling stories to tie the paintings together.  This year he wanted to use composition and a single thematic element to drive the show, which is trees. The end effect showcases the growth and possibilities of his artistic style.

 

“Growing up, my parents read me ‘the giving tree’.  The tree is very charitable and selfless, but also possessed a surprising amount of utility.  It provided food, income, shelter, safely, leisure, and love.  I always wondered what else a tree could provide,” said Nathan.

 

Many of the works in the show explore how the tree and their inhabitants coexist. Nathan says, " In ‘Caretakers’, the tree is depicted much like an ailing grandparent, a centerpiece to the family but also requiring attention and care.  In ‘Strictly Ornamental’ the Kite, has found another life as the splash of color in an otherwise bleak tree, forming a duo of abandoned objects.”  

 

Overall the exhibit is the perfect example of Nathan Durfee’s unyielding ability to consistently evolve as a painter. He says, " In ‘Their Place to Play’ the tree is their home away from home: a safe space to play and create. With each piece I’ve painted, I am exploring new territory and refining and then reflecting upon my technique; this has led to major growth as an artist."

 

One collector’s comment in anticipation for the upcoming show is, “The pilgrimage to Nathan Durfee’s annual solo show is greatly anticipated in our home. We’ve watched his career grow from year to year and can’t wait to see what is next.” Coco Nuttall, from South Carolina said.  

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios