Nat Meade
Undershadow
July 19 - August 20, 2016

First Thursday reception
August 4, 2016

open until 8:00pm

Exhibition tour and discussion with the artists
Saturday, August 6, 2016
11am

Nat Meade

Brooklyn-based artist Nat Meade returns to Froelick Gallery with his latest series of paintings: Undershadow. Continuing a thematic thread of observing certain male archetypes- those with inflated egos and affectations of style and personality which mask their actual frailties- Meade brings gravitas, humor and mastery of materials to these oil portraits on rough linen surfaces. Reducing features to simplified collections of shapes reminiscent of both monumental statuary and of Muppets, he uses these faces as vehicles for formal play, exploring the sharp triangular shadow cast by a nose, shifting tones of light playing across the curve of a neck, gradients created by tinted glasses, the texture of a cascading beard. Hot pinks, yellows, greens heighten the sense of cartoonlike unreality and of the falseness of his subject's disguises. Meticulously arrived at through the creation of multiple working studies, Meade's Undershadow paintings are both funny and unexpectedly touching- they display all of the sophistication and substance which he finds lacking in those he parodies.

Murk Jewels
oil on linen
14 x 13 inches
$1,500  
Murk Ghost
oil on linen
12 x 10 inches
$1,200  
Murk Smoke Up
oil on linen
14 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
Murk Neck Line
oil on linen
14 x 15 inches
SOLD
 
Murk Man of Mud
oil on linen
12 x 10 inches
$1,200  
Murk Gape
oil on linen
16 x 12 inches
$1,500  
Murk Tints
oil on linen
13 x 15 inches
$1,500  
Murk Gaper
oil on linen
13 x 9 inches
$1,200  
Murk Nose Shadow
oil on linen
9 x 10 inches
SOLD
 
Murk Tints
oil on linen
14 x 12 inches
$1,500  
Box of Rocks Box of Rocks
oil on linen
24 x 24 inches
$2,500  
Box of Rocks Hot Lunch
oil on linen
10 x 14 inches
$1,500  
Murk Petrified Wood
oil on linen
24 x 20 inches
$2,100