Nathan Birch

Born: 1978

Lives in Victoria BC, Canada.

Looking back through the nearly two decades that I have painted the landscapes of my surroundings, I’ve realized that my work has likely caused, albeit unintentionally and perhaps even unconsciously, a degree of uneasiness in viewers. My goal has always been to study my surroundings, to interpret and express that understanding in the most sincere and personal way I could. This act took the form of painting landscapes across multiple canvases, two or three panels (referred to as diptychs or triptychs), while allowing the separation between each canvas to play a role in the overall painting. 

 

However, by dividing these Canadian landscapes, by splitting and separating that which we are so accustomed to seeing whole, I’ve come to understand that I have caused discomfort along with comfort; tension along with peace. And yet it is precisely because of this new awareness that I now choose to paint - to interpret and express my surroundings - with a fresh sense of clarity gained from seeing my work, my past, and myself, in a new light. 

Education

BFA in Painting, 2000, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta

 

Exhibitions

2019 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2016 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2014 New Landscapes, Winchester Gallery, Victoria

2014 New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2015- 2002 Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Douglas Udell Galleries and Mira Godard Gallery

2013 Paint and Place, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2013 Waters, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

2012 New Paintings, Winchester Gallery, Victoria

2011 New Work, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2011 New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2010 New Paintings, Winchester Gallery, Victoria

2009 New Works, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

2009 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2008 New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver

2008 New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2007 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2006 Christmas Show featuring Nathan Birch, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

2006 More or Less, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2005 New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver

2005 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2004 New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2004 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

2003 New Work, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

2003 Summer Landscape, Group show, Mira Godard            

Gallery, Toronto

2001- 2002 Artrageous 1 & 2, Group shows, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary

2001 Seven Months of Landscape, Solo show, Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary

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Collections

ScotiaBank; TD Bank; Canada Council For the Arts; Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Shaw Collection; Vermillion Energy Trust, Calgary; Wasteless Environmental Corporation;The Granite Club, Calgary; OPSEU Pension Trust; Bennett Jones; Four Seasons Hotel; The Georgia Hotel, Vancouver; The Colart Collection and numerous private collections throughout North America

© Nathan Birch 2020