Carolina Art Crush: Nathaniel Lancaster

We have been following Nathaniel Lancaster’s work for awhile, so we were excited to see his work included in the McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s upcoming fundraiser, Studio Party 16. If you aren’t familiar with Lancaster’s work, you’ll want to dig in here and learn more about the UNCC graduate and his large scale paintings. We particularly favor the ones that include text.

Nathaniel in the studio, photo by Kevin Condon

Nathaniel in the studio, photo by Kevin Condon

HappeningsCLT: Describe yourself in three words?
Nathaniel Lancaster: Uh, Wait. What?

HCLT: We’re definitely attending Studio Party 16 at the McColl Center. We love that even though it’s a fundraiser, artists still get 50% of the sale price of their work. What compelled you to participate in such an event?
NL: Probably first because I was asked, and I don’t often get honors like that. I also don’t see much of a downside either, especially because it give me an excuse to take a night off of work, which always nice.

Does It End In Celebration, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 84"

Does It End In Celebration, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 84″

HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?
NL: The accidentally absurd. Distortion and delay. Brutal minimalism and rococo flourishes. Cliché and puns. Beauty and tragedy. A recent interest (reinterest?) in painting that is not from 1900 on…The inspiration is all around.

Are You Shooting Yourself In The Foot, Or Punching Yourself In The Face?, 2009, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas,  60" x 66" Will be available at McColl Center Studio Party 16

Are You Shooting Yourself In The Foot, Or Punching Yourself In The Face?, 2009,
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas,
60″ x 66″
Will be available at McColl Center Studio Party 16

HCLT: Where can we see your work?
NL: I have some corporate commissions for 5Church Restaurant at their locations here in Charlotte, Charleston, and coming up in Atlanta. Another large work is at Shurtape technologies in Hickory. As for personal work, outside of the upcoming Studio Party at McColl, I’d love to find some new places to show upcoming work. I know they’re out there.

When Someone Can Help Save It, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 84"

When Someone Can Help Save It, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 84″

HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work?
NL: I want my next body of work to accurately reflect all the above stated inspirations with a focus on the figure in the environment along with a consideration on treatment of the painting surface. A mixture of technique and experimentation; experienced mark making and in studio mistakes.

HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas?
NL: From an artist’s or viewer’s standpoint is really relative. The McColl Center is essential for our city from both perspectives. As a viewer, The NCMA in Raleigh is pretty fantastic.

Come Experience the Wilderness, 2010, Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 26" x 28"

Come Experience the Wilderness, 2010, Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 26″ x 28″

HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?
NL: On my pretend nightstand, a copy of The Complete and Unabridged Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide is always close at hand.

HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?
NL: I still don’t think I am. I’m working on trying to figure out what being an artist means.

The Grimke Sisters, 2015, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 54” x 60”

The Grimke Sisters, 2015, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 54” x 60”

HCLT: Best meal in the Carolinas?
NL: I’m still on a mission everyday to answer this question. It’s a lot to ask of one person!

Self Congratulatory Existence, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 84"

Self Congratulatory Existence, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 84″

HCLT: What is up next?
NL: Hopefully clear out this next commission in Atlanta soon, and a fully sequestered half year in the studio making new work. I can’t wait.

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