Copyright © 2016 Amy Nathan

Amy Nathan is a Berkeley, California-based graphic designer, illustrator and artist. She earned her BA and BFA from the University of Michigan in art history and graphic design, and worked as a designer in Chicago and San Francisco before opening her own studio in 1999. Her multi-disciplinary studio specializes in design and illustration for retail, marketing, publishing and identity applications.

DESIGN + ILLUSTRATION

STUDIO ART

In my paintings, I combine photorealism and abstraction, the natural and the graphic, interior and exterior. Working within the art historical tropes of landscape, still life and the figure, I explore methods to reconcile my organic, temporal body to the visual lexicon of the digital. Strategies I use to work through this idea include measurement, counting, control, accumulation, time and memory.

 

I use low-resolution digital photographs and video stills as the first in a series of building blocks for my work. Using many layers of process, I transform the informal quality of the photographs into considered, densely crafted paintings with a lens of abstraction and with fictional or amplified detail. In these digital images there is data lost—when you zoom in, the images become soft and pixelated, and the specificity is gone. I am focused on creating a data gain to inform a reconstruction, knowing that to make a painting or sculpture I’ll have to work from the absence of information. I try to heighten or replace the experience within the picture, to make visible my emotion or my body’s sympathy to the subject.

 

 

DESIGN + ILLUSTRATION WORK

Alite Designs

Amba

American Girl

Arcadia Landscaping

Axiom Healthcare Group

Campo Experimental

Chronicle Books

Connections Media

Cygnus Expositions

Decamp Design

Ethos Water

Emeryville Celebration of the Arts

Feria Urbana

Form Vintage Modern

Franklin Square Group

Go There Coaching

Kate's Cakes

Kryolan Corporation

LeapFrog Enterprises

Lola Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTC Consulting

Marriott

My Own Montessori

New Center Council

Newman Metalworks

Paala

Riaz Group

Rosso Pizzeria + Wine Bar

Russian Hill School

Scout

SCS Advisors

Sierra Pacific Casting

Starbucks Coffee Company

Tarsian & Blinkley

Tiny Atlas Quarterly

Vivecon

Wicking J. Sleepwear

World of Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE ART PROJECTS

Kala Art Institute

Artist in Residence

January-March 2016

 

Group Exhibition

2015

Botanica, Curated by Ken Harman and MacKenzie Stevens

Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

 

Group Exhibition

2015

HERE Part II, Curated by Aimee Friberg of Cult Exhibitions
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

 

Group Exhibition

2014

HERE Part I, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

 

Group Exhibition
2014

Anne & Mark's Art Party,
San Jose, CA

 

Solo Exhibition

2011

Lola, Berkeley, CA

 

Group Exhibition

2010

Penta, Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA