Nathan Eugene Carson: No Human in Sight

Nathan Eugene Carson, Prey 2, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper, 18” x 20”

Nathan Eugene Carson: No Human in Sight

June 4 – August 28, 2022
Gallery Stratford

Nathan Eugene Carson is best known for his brightly coloured, graphic, and loosely rendered portraits of black men that deal with issues of race, black identity, and incorporate his experiences and societal observations. No Human in Sight provides a departure from his focus on the human condition, combining two series of work Animal Kingdom (2015) and Animals (2005 – ongoing) that share Nathan’s long-standing love and appreciation for all animals.

While Nathan’s work is always deeply personal and symbolic, rooted in memories, feelings, and connections; his animal portraits trace back to childhood remembrances, where together with his grandmother he would watch National Geographic and Animal Kingdom, escaping into distant lands and embarking on their imagined adventures together.

What makes Nathan Eugene Carson’s work so powerful is his ability to capture the essence and inner spirit of the animals and humans he portrays. The layers of paint applied to repurposed and mended paper provide a rich canvas upon which he creates, while salvaged kraft paper provide a more subtle and softer applicaton. His brushstrokes and collaged elements are bold and deliberate, or soft as if he is catching a fleeting glimpse or memory. A few lines symbolize a bat, shredded and torn recycled paper create the mane of the lion. The paintings and collages that make up this body of work strike you with their almost childlike innocence, but on closer examination draw you in with their subtle complexity.

Much of Nathan’s work, centres around oppressive societal systems. Climate change, development encroaching on wildlife habitats, hunting, and our changing views on animal captivity, make this series timely in considering how we approach our past, current, and future relationship to animals.

Nathan Eugene Carson (b. 1980) lives and works in Hamilton. He received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005. Nathan has exhibited widely with a solo exhibition Cut from the Same Cloth at The Power Plant (2020), was the subject of an RBC Emerging Artist documentary and is currently the RBC Art Gallery of Hamilton Artist in Residence, where his exhibition Black Carnival Audience together with his residency exhibition will be on view through March 2023. His new exhibition Disco Days is currently on view at Smokestack Gallery Hamilton.

Also on view at Gallery Stratford
Jason McLean & Ross Bell: Dad Club

Talia Shipman: The Turquoise Period
An Art in the Trees exhibition

Gallery Stratford
54 Romeo Street S.
Stratford, ON N5A 4S9

Art in the Trees available for viewing dawn to dark
Gallery Hours: noon to 6 PM Daily

Admission is Free
Partially accessible

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Exhibition Info:

Information and Media Inquiries:
Angela Brayham
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Gallery Stratford gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Stratford. Our Free Admission program is supported in part by Orr Insurance & Investment