Nathaniel galka's work is first and foremost based off of art history. Derived from the cultural aesthetics of many different centuries of culture. He works with multitudes of art references that have stimulated and inspired him, as with many other painters through a millennium of time. He has recently been focusing references in his art by gathering knowledge of Asian arts from the 12th and 13th century ( primarily woodblock prints from Korea and China) along with another period is with the historical Japanese sum painting of the 17th century. As far as western European influence, undoubtably it is the "vanitas" or still life painters of the Netherlands along with “Chinoiserie” decorative arts of the 18th century French aristocracy court. As far as current history, he speak to abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Rothko. With an accumulation of styles that honor history in his paintings, one will find it is where he has found a universal language. He shows through his paintings that one of the ways we speak as a culture is within the aesthetic of beauty and beautiful things. Beauty as it is, speaks to a greater consciousness. Art when beautiful, sustains time and allows its viewers less resistance to see what an artist like Nathaniel is trying to convey.
Nathaniel's works are even constructed with many historical practices. To start, he prepares his surfaces with a marble plaster "gesso". It is applied to his wood panels or on linen jute wrapped panel by using a trowel. He paints in oil (sometimes spray enamel) and the use of shellac india ink with a dipped pen like calligraphy to reference the woodblock printing. The final painting is then varnished with two coats of dammer varnish and three coats of hand polished bleached wax to finish the surface. Nathaniel's desire in the final paintings is to feel as if they are a historical fragment and have a storied place through time.
As far as why he paints his subject matter of nature... that is very simple; he is trying to explain in paint that we as a world society, need to understand what we are doing to ourselves. We are directly changing billions of years of evolution in a matter of moments simply for “beauty”. Nathaniel is pointing out that we are not planting what is indigenous to our own habitats, simply for ones own pleasure with zero consequences to how it destructs the the inherent ecosystem. Everything in nature has balanced itself naturally until we intervened with “self vanity”. In his paintings, he is showing the universal need to learn the importance of planting/replanting for the embetterment and conservation of this Earth starting in our "own backyard". With out conservational practices of reclaiming indigenous plants, we will be shifting the paradigm and balance that this planet has created on its own without the need of us.
Nathaniel's works have been placed in museums, corporate and private collections around the world. He currently lives and paints in Westchester Co. New York.
Education: 2001: mea, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Full Scholarship and Fellowship 1998: bfa, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio. Top Scholarship / 1993: Marie Walsh Summer Art Program recipient.
Group Shows: 2019: “five and under” arcadia gallery, pasadena, ca (august) / “We Believe” rjd gallery, BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (opening april 13th) / silver mine Art Center, New Guild Artist Show, new canaan, CT 2018: “outside the box” Gitana Rosa Gallery, Art Factory Studios, Patterson, NJ / “small works” (not)sheep GALLERY, COLUMBUS, OH / “summer rotation/group show #1” littlejohn Contemporary, new york, NY / “summer rotation/group show #2” / littlejohn Contemporary, new york, NY 2017: “summer group show” littlejohn Contemporary, New york, NY / “group show” Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / “group show” Gitana Rosa Gallery, new york, NY / “group show” Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH 2016: “group show” hall-barnet Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2015: “group show” Hilton Hotel Downtown, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / “4 artists’ group show” Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / “flowers and clay” Curly Tale Fine Art, Chicago, IL 2014: “diver up” Stray Cat Gallery, New York, NY / “artHamptons” Gitana Rosa Gallery (New York City), Bridgehampton, NY / “krampus show” Curly Tale Fine Art, Chicago, IL / “juicy” Gitana Rosa Chelsea, nye, NY / “three in nature” Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta GA / “flower vine” Gallery Minerva, asheville, NC / “nature” Gallery Minerva, asheville, NC 2013: “inaugural show” photo gallery, Hoboken NJ / "show" / 423West Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / 2 person, Curly Tale Fine Art, Chicago, IL 2012: Affinity, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA / Five in One, wriggle House, Knoxville, Tn (Curated by Hali Maltsberger) "The Others" Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY / PoP, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA / Dog Days, Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY / Art at The Airport, Knoxville, TN / Illustrative, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA / BLOOM, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA / Metamorphosis: Recycle to Art, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN / Terra, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA / National Juried Show, The Emporium Building (The Cultural and Arts Alliance), Knoxville, TN (award Best in Show) 2011: SIDESHOW, Muse gallery, Columbus, OH / A Show of Teachers, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN / GLOW, Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA / New Artists, Plum Gallery, Knoxville, TN / Bring on The Bling, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / Art at The Airport, Knoxville, TN / OPENSHOW, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN (award Best in Show) / reUsed, Gallery @ The Lunch Box, Knoxville, TN 2010: artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN / On going, Redline Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2009: "4" Arts Tonight, 8Shooters Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2008: March, Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2007: June Show, Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2003: Rope Climb, Packer school Gallery, Chicago, IL 2000: Group, Dittmar Gallery, Evanston, IL 1999: Red, Dittmar Gallery, Evanston, IL 1994 to 1999: Annual Show, Outside Juried Competition, Columbus, OH
Solo Shows: 2019: “appeal of the blooms…” New york, ny 2018: “nature’s walk…” at Perch for Pergola, Kent, CT / “stories of the forest” Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / “flat ikebana photographs” The Gallery at Lillian August, Norwalk, CT / “the promise of lingering…” The Gallery at Lillian August, Norwalk, CT 2017: “nomadic now” Gitana Rosa, New York 2016: “wonderland” Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes CA 2015: “bounty” Flatiron Design Collective, New York, NY “first forest” New York City, NY / “twilight light” Hilton Columbus Downtown Art Space curated by Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / “nature’s affair” Curly Tale Fine Art, Chicago IL 2014: “twilight falls gently” Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA / “unbridled muses” Gitana Rosa Chelsea, nye, NY 2013: "cloud bouncing", Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2012: TUMBLE TIME, Gallery Minerva, Asheville, NC / “Planted HERE…” KLA2 Gallery, Atlanta, GA (curated by Yu-Kai Lin, Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta GA) / Flower to Honey, KLA2 Gallery, Atlanta, GA (curated by Yu-Kai Lin, Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta Ga) / Flora Domicile, Packer school Gallery, Chicago, IL / The Birds and the Bees, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH / The Wave Hits Happy, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN / "a garden for Patrick...", TVUUC Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2011: Flowers-n-Friends, The Small Hall Gallery @ Magpies, Knoxville, TN / Poppy Talk, Gallery @ The Lunch Box, Knoxville, TN / The altamonte Gallery Presents... Nathaniel Galka, The altamonte Theatre, Asheville, NC (curated by Anna Parker Barnett Consulting, Gallery Minerva) / Fun With Garden Scissors, Red Line Gallery, Knoxville, TN / Blue Room, Symphony League Showcase House, Knoxville, TN 2010: The birdies are here!, Bella Vista Art Gallery, Asheville, NC / Long Skies... Flat Land, Gallery at Nouveau Classics, Knoxville, TN / land, Gallery at Nouveau Classics, Nashville, TN 2009: Wild Times, Bella Vista Art Gallery, Asheville, NC / Bird, World Grotto Gallery, Knoxville TN 2001: Undercover, Dittmar Gallery, Evanston, IL 1999: Nogasha (Nudes), Waldo’s On High Gallery, Columbus, OH 1998: My Work to Date, Canzoni Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
Teaching: Northwestern University, Evanston IL - Drawing, Photography 1 & 2, Conceptual and Theoretical Practice (TA) / Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge TN - Watercolor, Still Life Drawing, Mixed Medium, Painting-Beginner through Advanced, Figure Drawing-Beginner through Advanced, Landscape Painting / rustics Garden Club, Bedford NY - Digital and Smart Phone Photography / Bedford Garden Club, Bedford NY-- Digital and Smart Phone Photogrpahy New York Botanical Society, NYC / Silvermine Art Center, Silvermine (New Canaan), CT - Master Class Workshop/Invited Artist
Publications: Studio Visit Magazine: December 2017 / Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine, February 2017 / Studio Visit Magazine: Spring 2012 The Pandorian: London, England / Art Initiative Verfhond: Amsterdam, Holland
Corporate collections: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH / Hilton Hotel Downtown, Columbus, OH / The Pentagon Building, Washington D.C. / Hope Center, Nashville, TN /Tennessee State Capital Building, Nashville, TN / Pilot Oil, Knoxville, TN / Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN - Contemporary Collection / uncap, Nashville, NC / horizons Organization, Chicago, IL / DeAngelis Ltd, Glen Head, NY
Affiliations: Silvermine Art Center Guild member and faculty / Katonah Art Museum Artist member
*currently Nathaniel galka does not have representation for his current work.