Nathan Richard Phelps

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Artist Statement

Nathan Richard Phelps (°1976, Shasta Lake City, United States) is an artist who mainly works with drawing. By emphasizing aesthetics, Phelps seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and articulates the feelings of harmony and discord intuitively perceived in structure, line, weight, and composition.

His artwork is notable for it’s obsessively detailed tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to his commitment to the tradition of drawing. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules always referring to balance and form.

His works radiate a vibrant and latent familiarity through emergent structures found all throughout our the universe. In the most successful works, a disconcerting yet powerful beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, act to draw the viewer deeply into the worlds of his construction. By focusing on techniques and materials, he creates work in which a fascination with the simple and complex can be found. The work is systematically intuitive while at the same time, familiar and novel.

With a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of drawing: these meticulously rendered works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realms of reality. Nathan Richard Phelps currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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