Nat Meade paints formally exploratory portraits that dissect current and traditional masculine tropes and affectations. These figures stand in for Meade's own open questions regarding his relationship with manhood, adulthood, and fatherhood. He carefully works the canvas and paper surfaces with heavily layered, scraped and scumbly paint that is loaded with color.
Meade was the James Castle House artist-in-residence from May to July, 2020, and his work was recently included in A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He was profiled and reviewed in the March 2019 issue of Artforum, the October 2017 issue of Juxtapos Magazine, and in Maake Magazine, issue 5, 2017. The Wait, a solo exhibition, was exhibited at The Schneider Museum, Southern Oregon University, in late 2017. He was Born in Massachusetts and raised in Portland, Oregon, Nat received his M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 2007 and B.F.A, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Oregon in 2001. He is Assistant Chair of Fine Arts and instructor of drawing and painting at Pratt, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2016 he was awarded the Sharpe-Walentis studio program, in DUMBO, Brooklyn.