Nathan Birch

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.

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Nathan Birch

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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1978 Born in Lansing, Michigan
2000 BFA in painting, Alberta College of Art & Design
Currently lives and works on Vancouver Island, British Columbia



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2016 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2013 Paint and Place - New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2011 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2009 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
2007 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2005 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
2004 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
2003 New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
Seven Months of Landscape, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary
2001 Birch: New Works, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary
1991 Radio Towers and Telegraph Lines, Marion Nicol Gallery,
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Preview 2019, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2016 Preview 2016, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2015 Landscape/Cityscape, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2014 The Landscape Show, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2013 Preview 2013, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2011 Preview 2011, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2010 Landscape/Cityscape, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2009 Summer Landscapes, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Preview 2009, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2008 About the Landscape, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2004 Summer Landscapes, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Seven Months of Landscape, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary
2003 Preview 2004, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Spring Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
2002 Artrageous 2, Illingworth Kerr Gallery,
Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary
Summer Landscapes, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Spring and Fall Shows, Douglas Udell Galleries, Edmonton and Vancouver
2001 Christmas Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
2000 Artrageous, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary
1999 U of C / ACAD Exchange Show, Little Gallery, University of Calgary
1998 Common Place Group Exhibition, Calgary


Awards

2001 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Individual Project Grant
Works Arts Festival, Edmonton, Best Composition


Selected Collections

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Canada Council for the Arts, Art Bank
Colart Collection (Montreal)
Effort Trust
The Granite Club
OPSEU Pension Trust
Scotiabank, Canada
Wasteless Environmental Corp.

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