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Nathan Eastwood



Art Practice/Research


Central to my painting practice is a re-examination of social realist art.  The on-going revealing of social conditions by means of the material of paint is necessary in order to be critical of social structures that we operate within; one has to make a direct visual reflection of the world of signs through the language of painting. 

In support of my conceptual position I refer to Alain Badiou who stated in ‘Philosophy as Creative Repetition’ that “we have to repeat the philosophical act, and to create a new variation”. Reflecting on Badiou’s statement I propose that this can be applied to contemporary painting and in my case the language of social realism as an aesthetic and conceptual framework through which one can reveal and critique contemporary social existence.  Delacroix  stated that “what moves men of genius, or rather, what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” 

Informing my thinking is John Berger’s take on the operation of a social realism (as summarised by Gillian Whitely) as a “Social commitment, political conscience, an ability to communicate aspects of human experience, an exploration of the human condition; - (these) are the specifics of social realism.” (Whitley, 2011, p.150)


Currently lives and works in London 


2009  MA Fine Art, Byam Shaw school of Fine Art, (CSM) London

2005  BA (Hons) Fine Art Kent institute of Art & Design, Canterbury Kent, (First Class)



Previous Solo Exhibitions 


Work/Recreation/Freedom, Nunnery Gallery, London

Domestic Realism, (CBP) Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church, London  

Selected Exhibitions 


Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt at St Marylebone, London

@PaintBritain, Ipswich Museum

Priseman-Seabrook Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Towards a New Socio-Painting, Transition Gallery, London

Prize winner: The East London Painting Prize, The Nunnery Gallery Bow Road London

Signal Over Noise / Don’t Split the Focus, Walthamstow E17 London

This Year’s Model, Studio1.1′s, Shoreditch, London E2



Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt at St Marylebone, London

Zeitgeist Arts Projects, ASC Studios, London (On-line catalogue)

Threadneedle Prize, (finalist) Mall Galleries, London (On-line catalogue)

Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK



John Moores Painting Prize, (finalist) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Occupied Realism, Portman Gallery, E2 0PX London



Platform C’s Emergent Art Show, Vyner Street Gallery, Vyner Street, London



Artworks Open 2010, Barbican Arts Group Trust, E17, London

Dazzleships, Rose & Crown Theatre Pub E17, London



Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London 

17 Ingredients Measures of Autonomy, Studio One, London

MA Final Exhibition, Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, UAL, London

MA Interim Show, Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, UAL, London



Celeste Finalists’ Exhibition, Lyon & Turnbull galleries, Edinburgh’s Scotland

Celeste Art Prize Finalist, T2, Old Truman Brewery Complex, London



Highlights of New Graduate Work, the Metropolis Galleries, Kent

BA Final Exhibition, UCCA, (Formerly known as KIAD) Canterbury, Kent




Selected Curatorial Projects



Towards a New Socio-Painting, Transition Gallery London






Towards A New Socio-Painting (Panel Discussion) Transition gallery, London

Showing Painting (Panel Discussion) the Nunnery gallery, London



Who is Art For? (Panel Discussion) Byam Shaw, London




Awards and Prizes



Prize winner of the East London Painting Prize, The Nunnery Gallery Bow Road London



South Square Trust Scholarship, MA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (CSM)



Shortlisted for Celeste Art Prize Finals



Outstanding Achievement Award, BA Fine Art





Public/Private Collections:


Zabludowicz collection    

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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