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
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…)
This is another fine art abstract photograph I made in the underground cellar of a historic building in Barcelona, Spain.
The picture is dominated by three large, sweeping curves. The interiors of the curves are filled with luminous fields of colour in blue, pink and purple hues. Around the outside of the frame, the colours blend into rich gold and green hues.
Imagery can evoke powerful emotions and memories. Sometimes, as with this picture, the feelings are pleasant and harmonious … yet ethereal and undefined. The abstract forms presented here are reminiscent of beautiful things like flowers, jewelry and sunsets.
You can own this abstract photograph as a fine art reproduction in any size and on any material. This picture is especially beautiful as a large, mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic paint and metallic leaf. It also looks amazing printed on metal!
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I made this fine art abstract photograph in the underground cellar of a 19th century building in Barcelona, Spain.
The vertical format, featuring strong, diagonal graphics, creates a lot of visual energy. The color palette is comprised of earth tones and ruddy hues in brush strokes set against a background of light gold with a very subtle grid pattern.
This image is available for purchase as a fine art print in any size and on any material. It works exceptionally well in contemporary interiors and hospitality settings.
It’s also available as a mixed media Original on canvas, hand embellished with acrylic and metallic foil.
Fine art abstract photograph made in Girona, Spain. With a dramatic, bold design that features hard shapes delineated in red and black, this image evokes strong feelings of both passion and confinement.
Prints available for purchase in any size and on any material.
Fine art abstract photograph made in Nardo, Italy features a vertical orientation with a strong, white line descending from top to bottom through fields of red and blue-gray hues, resembling a lighting bolt.
Fine art abstract photograph features soft, amorphous shapes emerging from a smooth, purple background. Subtle textures with varying levels of transparency are reminiscent of a cellular organism, or possibly a jellyfish, nautilus or other aquatic life.
I made this photograph during a trip to western Ireland over the 2014 Easter break. This work is part of a new series I’m developing with solid color backgrounds and mysterious floating shapes. I’ll be releasing more works from this series throughout this coming summer, so stay tuned!
Prints are available in any size and on any material, including hand-embellished Limited Original on canvas.
Abstract photograph made at Belton House, England.
Monochromatic design features soft, transparent washes of warm white, yellow and gold accented by a strong focal point of brown and subtle blue hues.
Available for purchase as a fine art print in any size and on any material.
Also available as a Limited Original mixed media work.
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Nat's book "Astratto Uno" features over 150 abstract photographs made over a period of nine years. You can get it in printed format or as a downloadable PDF. Get the details >
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“With the keen eye and sensitivity of a Zen master, Nat Coalson's inspiring abstract photography elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary - bringing us one step closer to understanding the essential nature and essence of the subjects he is photographing. A very talented artist indeed!” –Daniel Stainer, Director of Marketing, Adams Manufacturing, Pennsylvania, USA