• August 26 – October 12, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, September 12 at 6 pm
  • Artist talk at 6:30 pm
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Artist Statement

I generate alien landscapes that exist outside of time. My paintings have become a record of the creation and destruction of an unknown land. I scour initial abstractions for space and atmosphere. Naming these features is the first step to creating this other world.

The paintings are populated with images from my past. Growing up in Salt Lake Valley—the dried out basin of a prehistoric lake—established my preference for seemingly harsh and desolate terrain. My color choices allude to popular culture from my childhood - oversaturated cartoons and technicolor fantasy films. Adjusting color and value, and specifying forms through reference, develop my vision of a faraway planet.

Nathan Perry’s invented landscapes are the collision of a perceptual painter’s sensibility and a sci-fi junkie aesthetic. Nathan was born in 1986 in South Jordan, Utah. He holds a BFA in Painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington. His work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions —from Utah to New York City. Nathan currently lives and works in Clyde, North Carolina and teaches drawing and painting at Western Carolina University.

Updated: May 30, 2023