Nathaniel Evans

Nathaniel Evans

Honolulu, HI, United States

About Nathaniel Evans

I grew up in Appalachia - home of the snake-handling, venom drinking, “Big Tent” Pentecostal churches. These extremes shaped my worldview and I drew similarities between religious dogma and Nazism and even blind belief in scientific progress - the Nazi and human sacrifice, the scientist and his human experiment. Years passed and I understood the serpent as the "Death Principle", that holding the snake is proving faith by tempting fate. In many cultures death is a four-legged beast, a bird of prey, and a serpent that combine into a dragon. Did our monsters and demons evolve alongside us as the predators, diseases and natural disasters that we face? Have we now become them?

My work reflects these monsters and myths. I see them as the fears of our time - fears of climate change, decades of war, corrupt government, pandemics and culture wars. Painted in a realistic manner, you can see demons made of black plastic and fleshy teeth. Animal parts and manufactured materials twist together into monsters of the problems that we have made for ourselves. They are terrifying, confronting, and confusing. There is no hope of a way out found here, only the Devil come for his due.

Education

Fine Art Painting - Academy of Art University San Francisco

Awards

2014 Academy of Art University, 2nd Place Contemporary Painting Award
2012 Academy of Art University, Frank Lanza Award

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016 "This World Is Not Our Home", Espositivo Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Group Exhibitions

2016 "Artist Decoded: Pareidolia", Dream Factory Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2016 JustMAD Art Fair via Espositivo, Madrid, Spain
2016 "Avance De Temporada", Espositivo, Madrid, Spain
2016 "Half A Pound Of Art", Stoerpunkt Gallery, Munich, Germany
2015 "25th Annual Miniature Show", Abend Gallery, Denver, Co
2015 "Short Notice", Good Mother Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 "Bijou", Eric Quezada Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2014 "Bio Collective", Eric Quezada Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2014 "Spring Show" Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2014 “Dirty Works”, Wicked Grounds, San Francisco, CA
2014 “The Figure: A Bay Area Legacy”, Gary Francis Fine Art, Alameda, CA
2013 “The Art of Giving Art”, Gary Francis Fine Art, Alameda, CA
2013 “Tiny”, STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 “Duodecad”, Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
2013 “Body Works”, The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA
2013 “Spring Show”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2012 “Tiny”, STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 “Spring Show”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2012 “Matter! Student Showcase” De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA