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 awarded the James Castle House artist residency to occur in the summer of 2020. He was profiled and reviewed in the March 2019 issue of Artforum, the October 2019 issue of Juxtapose 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.