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Natalie Oswald

About my work

I paint to explore the vanity and fragility of the natural world. At times, painting becomes my personal indulgence and tribute to all things delightful. Birds soar over imaginary landscapes and koi are wrapped in swirling layers of iridescent waves. Tragedy weaves its way into my work, a reminder of the transient nature of beauty. Flowers grow from husks of grenades, sinister streams of dripping paint obscure a tranquil landscape and an innocent maiden sinks into the deep sea. Inspired by a childhood in the rural Northwest and travels to Asia, the imagery found in my work is rooted in the relentless process of growth and decay.

 

My paintings are often as much an exploration of materials as they are of ideas. The use of wood grain as a compositional element has led me to employ faux finishing techniques, replicating its look in a transparent layer over the top of finished paintings. Light refracting and luminescent pigments typically reserved for the auto industry find their way into my paintings creating areas of transient reflected light, allowing an image to be visible from one angle and disappear as the viewer moves around the work. Gold leaf, decorative pattern and glossy surfaces pay homage to a world rich in splendor and beauty.

Resume

Natalie Ann Oswald
Seattle, WA
b. 1978, Couer d' Alene, Idaho

Education
B.A. English Literature, 2000, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Minor in Fine Arts (cum laude)

Awards
Artist Trust EDGE Residency, 2009
Artist Trust Gap Grant, 2008

Representation
Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Strange Bedfellows, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA, December 2009
Paintings, Habitude at the Locks, Seattle, WA, October 2009
Curiosities, Victrola, Seattle, WA, September 2008
Paintings, Velouria Boutique and Gallery, Seattle, WA, February 2008
Recent Work, Art Damaged Gallery, Portland, OR, September, 2007
Tea House, Victrola, Seattle, WA, March 2006
Sinking, See Sound Lounge, Seattle, WA, February 2006
Delights, Habitude Fremont, Seattle, WA, November 2005
Unfolded: Recent Paintings, Habitude at the Locks, Seattle, WA, August 2005
Symplicity, Habitude at the Locks, Seattle, WA, May 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions
Modification: EDGE Group Show, 619 Western, Seattle, WA, February 2010
Collaborations 2004 - 2009, Victrola Coffee and Art, Seattle, WA, December 2009
Introductions, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA, July 2009
Summer Show, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA, June 2009
Spring Group Show, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA, April 2009
Artifakt Group Show, Sole Repair Shop and Revyve, Seattle, WA, March/April 2009
Artreach: Six Degrees, Vermillion, Seattle, WA, December 2008
The Rebirth of Style: Director's Choice Group Show, Diana Ferrone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, July 2008
Emerging Artists Exhibition, D'Adamo/Woltz Gallery, Seattle, WA, February 2008
Natalie Oswald & Joel Barber: Collaborative Works III, Goodfoot Lounge, Portland, OR, July 2007
Natalie Oswald & Joel Barber, DaDa SF Studio, San Francisco, CA, March/May 2007
Joe Bar as Curated by Jess Van Nostrand, Joe Bar, Seattle, WA, December 2006
Personal Patterns, Alchemy Gallery, Seattle, WA, November 2006
Coin Toss: A Study of Birds and Bees, Joe Bar, Seattle, WA, September 2006
Disaster: Capitol Hill Watercolor Society Annual Group Show, 4Culture, Seattle, WA, July 2006
The Beat Salon, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, July 2006
Natalie Oswald & Joel Barber: Collaborative Works II, June 2005, Tost, Seattle, WA
Natalie Oswald & Joel Barber: Collaborative Works, April 2005, Goodfoot Lounge, Portland, OR
Unbroken: Capitol Hill Watercolor Society Annual Group Show, March 2005, Capitol Hill Art Center, Seattle, WA
Before, During and After: Member Show, September 2004, The Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Forgotten Works Challenge IV, August 2004, The Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA
Capitol Hill Watercolor Society Group Show, April 2004, Secluded Alley Works, Seattle, WA

Charity Auctions and Exhibitions
Escape to Intiman: 2009 Gala, Intiman Theatre, 2009
We Can Do It For Su, Tashiro Kaplan Artists Building, 2008
Art Carnaval: Artist Trust Annual Auction, Seattle Center, 2008
Just Art (to benefit Flying House), Fremont Studios, 2008
Henry Bash, Henry Art Gallery, 2007
Arc of King County Art Exhibition, Northwest Work Lofts, 2005
Friends of the Children Benefit Auction, The Triple Door, 2005

Bibliography
Exploring New Mediums and Techniques on Gessobord
(author, instructional article), Ampersand Art Products, 2009
Drawing and Painting with Watercolor Sticks
(author, instructional article), Daniel Smith Artists Materials Summer Catalog, 2009
Getting Gorgeous Glazes in Oil
(author, instructional article), Daniel Smith Artists Materials Reference Catalog, 2005

Collections

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Chow Foods
Daniel Smith Artist Materials
Precision Energy Services

Artwork Featured In
Dear Lemon Lima, Feature Film, Release 2009
Daniel Smith Artists Materials Catalog, Various Issues, 2004-present
Sympathy for the Wolf, Album Art for Aaron Mannino
Scope, Album Art for Eleven Eyes
Dual Processor, Album Art for Surrounded by Ninjas
Natalie Oswald and Joel Barber: Collaborative Works Gallery, Mungbeing, Issue 12: Collaboration, September 2006
Joe Bar as Curated by Jess Van Nostrand, December 2006

Related Experience
Marketing Coordinator, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA 2006-2009
Marketing Coordinator, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials, Seattle, WA, 2004-06
Co-founder, Gold Rabbit Studio, Seattle, WA, 2004-Present (participant in monthly open studios)
Catalog Product Illustration, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials, Seattle, WA, 2004-Present
Demonstration and Lecture Artist, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials, Seattle, WA, 2004-Present
Art Enrichment Instructor, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Seattle, WA, 2004-2005
Curator, Contemporary Paintings and Photography, Mnemonic Gallery, Seattle, WA, June 2005
Member, The Forgotten Works, Seattle, WA, 2004-05
Printmaking Assistant, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1996-97
Gallery Assistant, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1996-97