Michael Nauert

Michael Nauert

Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Michael Nauert

The illusions of familiarity we hold onto for comfort can keep us from something we don't realize we are passionately in love with.
Illusion and realism stunted my understanding of art until I experienced the beauty in the way my body, hands, and mind express. I sensed a love for my natural state. When I painted in the jungle for a summer, my illusions of failure, sustained by self-sabotage, fell apart. I let myself reconnect to things I loved — exploring and painting in nature. This event opened up abstract painting for me.
Through abstraction and color I destabilize the illusion of “a place”. When paint has space to be paint (oozing, pooling, dripping, gritty, bright, and slimy smooth alchemical sludge) it can be unsettling, especially after its history of realism. Though it can be agitating, abstraction celebrates all of the qualities of paint. In the same way, we can make room to value our intrinsic characteristics through the unnerving acknowledgement of ourselves.
I paint nature because it is the environment that sustains life, and from it we can resonate the life within ourselves. Nature tunes us, and in dissonance exposes our illusions. It speaks to our natural state below the ego. As nature calls us to journey through our boarders, we discover who we innately are. In admiring these findings we can make a place for ourselves.
Slipping in and out of the familiar through abstract mark making, I draw parallels between nature and human nature in hopes that viewers will discover and cherish more of their inner-landscapes.


-BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago


-“Complexity: Finding and Making Space in Wild Colors” Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

-“Altered States” Claire Sherman & Valerie Hegarty, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI


New Prints available! Unto the Spores and Forest Walks.

I have a new studio in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Feel free to contact me for a studio visit!


-"Monolith" (Land Art), Spectacle Inc, California Desert

-"Run Straight Through" Torrance Art Museum, Torrence, CA

-"Tallahassee International", MoFA, Tallahassee, FL
-"Conveyor", Young Space, Green Point Studios, New York, NY

-"I Don't Play House" Sidewinder Gallery, Chicago, IL
-"Commensement" Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

-Uniqlo Press Release, Toronto, Canada    
-Metamorphosis, The Wilson Project, Chicago, IL
-Small Works: 39th Annual National Art Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine, IL (Juror: Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator of DePaul Art Museum, Curator at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art)
-Saugatuck Open Studios, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

-Zhou B Art Center, 10th Anniversary Show, Chicago, Illinois
-Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2014, London, England
-GEISAI #20, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan


-Merit Honors Scholarship, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-SAIC Support Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

-SAIC Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

-Advanced Painting Department, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-Steketee Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

-Finalist ”GEISAI #20′′, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan


-Volume 10 Friend of the Artist,
-Art Maze Magazine, Summer Issue 13, Curated by Chris Sharp (Curator and Co-founder of Lulu), London, UK
-INPA 8, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
-Invest in Art: Spring 2017, Saatchi Art, (Curator: Rebecca Wilson, Runs Saatchi Art and past Director of Saatchi Gallery)

-New American Paintings, Issue 125, (Juror: Steven L. Bridges, assistant curator at  Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.)


-8 Week Painting Trip, Tokyo, Japan

-7 Week Jungle Plein Air Painting, Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize