2019 Exhibition: New Paintings
Toronto Life, March 2016
Looking back through the nearly two decades that I have painted the landscapes of my surroundings, I've realized that my work has likely caused, albeit unintentionally and perhaps even unconsciously, a degree of uneasiness in viewers.
My goal has always been to study my surroundings, to interpret and express that understanding in the most sincere and personal way I could. This act took the form of painting landscapes across multiple canvases, two or three panels (referred to as diptychs or triptychs), while allowing the separation between each canvas to play a role in the overall painting. However, by dividing these Canadian landscapes, by splitting and separating that which we are so accustomed to seeing whole, I've come to understand that I have caused discomfort along with comfort; tension along with peace. And yet it is precisely because of this new awareness that I now choose to paint - to interpret and express my surroundings - with a fresh sense of clarity gained from seeing my work, my past, and myself, in a new light.
-Nathan Birch 2019
Nathan Birch was born in 1978 in Lansing, Michigan and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Birch's work is included in numerous private and corporate collections throughout North America including Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Canada Council for the Arts; Colart Collection, Montreal; Effort Trust, Toronto; Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Granite Club; Hotel Georgia, Vancouver; OPSEU Pension Trust; Scotiabank; Shaw Communications and TD Bank Group.
Nathan Birch currently lives and works in Victoria, BC.
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