It can be the way the light falls over a face, or how an object appears to descend into shadows while emerging from the light. It is these unexpected moments that suddenly bring up emotion that can stir something deep within and stop us in our tracks. Sometimes it is memory, other times it is hope, and still often it is a feeling of melancholy.
In my paintings, I strive to render these fleeting moments while collaborating with my subjects/models to not only translate how I see the world, but to capture their own unique perspective. Using both expressive and refined strokes combined with intricate color shifts and pairings, I explore the balance of energy and stillness that can make a composition come alive.
Just like us, light can be a living, breathing thing.
This interplay of the illusion of color with the illusion of light, drives me as an artist to capture it with the fluidity of paint. To be present for every color choice and every stroke, this is where immortality lies. The intent of the mark on the surface—more than the image or final result—is the truest expression of that moment in time. For me, this idea of mark making lays the foundation from which true self-expression can emerge. When two strokes of varying hues create depth and shape, it moves me to continue to add to this illusion. The physical world and the physical paint, juxtaposed against the inner world we carry with us.
Nathan Brad Hall lives and works in Brooklyn, New York with husband and fellow artist/educator Todd Coulter. As a lifelong artist who has explored a variety of mediums—his true calling has always been painting. With a background in both abstract and figurative studies, his focus today is on figurative oil painting, attempting to capture the light that illuminates us all.
Nathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Studio Arts, with further studies at the New York Academy of Art and Syracuse University. He recently studied with famed realist painter Alyssa Monks, and his work has been shown in multiple shows in New York City and can be found in numerous private collections. He currently has select work showing at the Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.