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"Discovering and manifesting a painting feels like I’m a blind man being led by a river — I can discern the river in so many ways, but I can’t see the river. I intuitively perceive the painting the whole time, but I only see the painting once it’s complete."
Michael Nauert, born and working in Southern California, creates abstract oil paintings based on nature, resonance, and mind-space. Awarded with scholarships and grants to study at The School of the Art Institute, he received a BFA in 2017. He also studied at OxBow School of Art in 2015 and 2017. In 2014, Nauert was included in a group show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and was a finalist for Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki co. show in Japan. He has been featured in many periodicals including New American Paintings (Issue 125), Art Maze Magazine, Friend of the Artist Magazine and Floor Magazine. He showed at Torrance Art Museum in “Run Straight Through,'' where he focused on nature-space and painting as a figure. Currently, he is focused on the integration of art within cycles of nature. He is designing and constructing an outdoor studio space as well as traveling in his mobile art studio into nature to create this work.

Slipping in and out of the familiar through abstract mark making, I draw parallels between nature and human nature within my paintings. My shapes coalesce into landscape and figure, eventually dissipating into abstract impressions. This limbo state creates a vortex for multiple forms, ideas,and shared memory. I do not plan my paintings because I sense them poetically. I discern the works passively as deja vu like memories. When visual ideas reveal themselves to me, they are not used as representations but as communication. What happens on the canvas never matches what I imagine. Discovering and manifesting a painting feels like I’m a blind man being led by a river — I can discern the river in so many ways, but I can’t see the river. I intuitively perceive the painting the whole time, but I only see the painting once it’s complete.


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