On my first trip to Bologna, Italy, I discovered a large trash bin with some curious paint markings on its lid. I stopped and took many photographs of the scene.
I’ve looked at these images for a long while and still am not sure what’s made these markings. But I don’t think they are intentional. At some point in the past, this metal surface came into contact with some black paint and the result is what you see here.
I have a strong philosophy that my photography—especially my abstract work—does not depict the visual works created by other artists. I don’t [generally] photograph graffiti, sculptures, even architecture that was meant as an aesthetic, visual statement made by another creator.
I believe the best fine art photography presents situations, subjects, concepts and ideas that were not thought of by someone else beforehand. As such, all my abstract works that I present publicly are of subjects and situations that I believe were not created for visual effect by another artist before I encountered it.
Which brings me back to the enigma of this image. I found it as you see it. But it perplexes me. What made these marks?
After much study I believe the shapes in the paint were not created intentionally, but from some activity which we will never know. If this is truly the case, this is one of the finest examples of “accidental design” that I’ve encountered.
A couple of years ago I led a client on a private photo tour around Spain. One of our favourite locations was Barcelona, where we enjoyed an afternoon tour and concert of the famous and beautiful Palau de la Musica Catalana.
This is the kind of photograph I am always looking for. Simple, graphic, enigmatic.
I’ve titled this image ‘Gaelbreton Beam’ because, to me, it portrays a bridge and a beacon in the gap between the ancient peoples of Europe. (Weird, I know.)
The Gaels descended from the Celts and became what are considered the native inhabitants of the British Isles. The Bretons come from essentially the same genetic lineage, but became the people of Brittany, and eventually, modern France.
Throughout millennia, the people of England and France have been tied together by blood, marriage and historic events. Only the English Channel—a shallow stretch of water only about 20 miles wide—separates these kindred people. But so much has divided them.
This abstract photograph was made in Paris, France and presents a minimalist composition featuring a multi-hued teal blue strip dropping down into a deep black background.
Fine art prints available on any material, in any size. Also available as mixed media original on canvas with hand embellished acrylic.
Ruth and I had a great time at the opening reception for my abstract art show at the Brick Lane Gallery in London! Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show, and thanks to Lucy and her associates at Brick Lane for putting on a fantastic exhibition.
For all artists, working in any medium, writing about our work is an essential practice that carries surprising power. The artist statement is usually written after producing the visual works, as a way to explain the motivation and rationale behind the work. Often, collections, series and bodies of work may have their own individual statements. Sometimes a statement will be written in advance, to guide the production of a series.
The process of creating a statement also has incredible informative value toward the production of future work. When we dig deep to find answers, the process of writing our main Artist Statement can be challenging—to say the least. I reckon my current version underwent at least three dozen revisions. Below is one of my later drafts, before I really started the severe edits that resulted in the final version.
(I’m sharing this draft because this gives deep insight into how and why I do what I do, and why I’ve chosen this path in life. Much of this material was cut for the final, concise version; still some people might be interested in more detail…)
As always, thanks for your interest in my work, and please get in touch if you have any questions or there’s anything I can help you with. — Cheers, Nat
Visual beauty and good design influence our happiness and well-being. Beauty can be found everywhere, but it’s not always obvious. Contemplating abstract imagery is beneficial for our minds.
My work is about discovering, sharing and appreciating the captivating, interesting and surprising imagery that can be found in any kind of place, natural or manmade. (more…)
Over the past few months I’ve separated my fine art, travel photography and training for photographers into three different web sites. These changes are designed to make it easier for you to find exactly the information, services and products that interest you.
NatCoalson.com (you are here!) This is my Signature web site, where you can see my abstract fine art and learn about creative services for interior design. The artworks, and the web site content, are created for interior designers and private art collectors.
Portfolios showcase my abstract photography; case studies and examples explain my creative services. Find out about the many options for getting your own custom fine art, primarily designed for contemporary homes and hospitality properties.
PictorialJourneys.com If you love travel, nature and landscape photography this is the place for you. The new web site and blog features my extensive archives of images and stories made during my travels around the world.
You can also purchase fine art prints online, choosing from a wide range of sizes and materials.
PhotographyEssentials.net Folks interested in learning about photography and digital imaging will find a smorgasbord of free articles, tips and tutorials on the most important aspects of fine image making. From camera reviews to how-to instructions on Photoshop and Lightroom and free photography critiques, there’s something for everyone serious about making their best photographs. You can also find out about my workshops, classes, tours and other photography events.
Each web site also has its own email newsletter.
With your free subscriptions you’ll receive messages featuring content relevant to each site:
from NatCoalson.com you’ll get fine art and interior design news,
Pictorial Journeys will send you exotic travel imagery and inspiring stories of life on the road, and
Photography Essentials is all about learning photography and imaging.
If you’re interested in the other sites sign up there, too—you won’t be subscribed automatically. As always, you can completely manage your profile settings and unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) at any time.
Beginning Spring 2015, look for more specialized news coming from each of the sites.
I hope you’ll enjoy these exciting changes and look forward to our continuing relationship.
Please feel free to get in touch any time with questions, comments or suggestions.
Talk to you soon!
PS – if you haven’t already, please take a moment to check that firstname.lastname@example.org is in your address book. Thanks!
On 13th November, 2014 we hosted the opening reception for my exhibition Anima Astratto: Journey Into Perception at the St James Hotel, Nottingham. The turnout was fantastic and we all had a great time looking at and talking about the art. Below are photos from the event.
We’re excited to announce that Nat’s art and photography is now being represented by DAC Art Consulting, one of the premier art consulting firms based in the U.S.
DAC has been serving the art consulting needs of the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors since 1982 and has a long tradition of developing creative artistic solutions that provide a customized setting for every client.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DAC works with both U.S. and international clients.
Over the past several months, I’ve been making major updates to my web site, blog and email systems. I’m pleased to unveil the new version of NatCoalson.com and the companion blog, now titled eyeLevel.
Welcome to the new digs!
All my goals for the updates are designed to give you a more fun experience: easier, more engaging, more interesting.
Plus, I’ve been creating lots of new artworks and useful web site content.
Here’s a roundup of the most important changes so far.
The web site now automatically adapts to any screen size, including mobile devices. An updated screen layout and navigation design makes finding and enjoying content—especially images—much easier.
You can now purchase fine art prints using our online ordering system. At this time, prints of images in the Destinations archives and the Travel Photography and Nature Photography portfolios can be ordered online with delivery direct to your door!
(The abstract collections will soon be added to the online system.)
New work and updates to artwork collections
Along with the new site itself, I’ve been creating lots of new artwork and images. From abstract mixed media on canvas to fine art photography, travel and nature images … my online collections are literally growing every day!
Here are quick links to a few of my collections with brand new imagery:
Browse the galleries to discover all the new work. You’re sure to find images you love!
New resources for interior designers
As you may know, my main focus is creating imagery for hospitality properties, especially hotels, resorts, spas and restaurants. If you’re a designer decorating a spa, cruise ship or private yacht, my work fits very well in these environments.
I’ve started work on a new Resources section on the web site, where I offer free information, tips, techniques and tools for designers and art collectors working with art.
The first resource in the new section is a Design Guide titled ‘Mixing Art & Matching Moods‘. It provides tips and techniques you can use to make designing with art easier, more fun and more successful.
Keep an eye on this space – I will be adding much more content to the Resources section over the summer.
eyeLevel is the new name for my blog and email newsletters, but my goal remains the same: to bring you frequent, useful updates on art, design and photography.
If you love
photography and digital imaging
…and the exciting convergence of these disciplines, eye [ level ] is the place to be!
In fact, you’re seeing the updated design right now. But some of the changes are beneath the surface and may not be immediately apparent. I’m reorganizing the content and categories to make my blog archives and articles much easier to work with. These improvements are ongoing, so stay tuned!
A living, breathing web organism
This is just the beginning. Going forward we’ll be rolling out new features to provide more exciting, customized content just for you. Sign up to receive email updates to get all the latest delivered to your inbox. And be sure to update your profile, including your preferences for the types of content you like to read.
A gift for you
To celebrate the launch of the new web site and blog I’m offering a 10% discount on all orders placed in the new online system. Just enter the coupon code SUMMER2014 during checkout.
And as always, I welcome your comments, questions, feedback and suggestions.
Interior designers working in hospitality now have a new resource for using my fine art photography in hotel interiors!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve recently begun a new partnership with HG Arts, based in Orlando, Florida, to provide more exciting, original artwork for the hospitality industry.
The new collection, available exclusively through HG Arts, currently features nineteen of my fine art photographs selected specifically for inclusion in hospitality projects. Going forward, new images will be regularly added to the collection.
I’ve been using the Sony NEX-7 for most of my photography lately and really loving it! I might start to move away from the full format DSLR systems if the development in the mirrorless lineup continues. I’m writing a more comprehensive review of the Sony NEX system and article on my camera choices, stay tuned!
I’ve been getting many requests for additional ways to see my new photography and artworks as they are released. One of the new ways I’ll be doing this is with a new email list I’ve set up for this purpose. Beginning soon, I’ll be sending out weekly announcements featuring my latest creations.
My latest email newsletter is out now! In this issue we share news about my upcoming art exhibit and classes in Leicester, big news about a fantastic photo tour in Tuscany next year, lots of new work, and much more! If you enjoy reading, I encourage you to subscribe! Click here to read the newsletter
It’s not often that I allow outside entities to represent my work; this is a change. Recently, after several discussions with Ron Golbus and his team at Graphic Encounter, I’ve decided to partner with them to represent my photography and mixed media work for select projects.
Since 1970, Graphic Encounter has provided artworks for hotels, hospitality, healthcare, corporate offices and many other commercial projects, and I am thrilled that they are now representing my abstract photography, abstract mixed media and travel photography works. Graphic Encounter represents a very wide range of art styles, genres and installation types, check out their web site.
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much this year. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, in addition to making some important decisions about my career.
On the personal front, I was married to my lovely wife Ruth in May 2012; we also had a blessing in Colorado in August of this year. Ruth is British and we are living in Leicester, England.
Regarding my career decisions: I have decided to take a break from teaching and writing about photography and software in order to concentrate fully on developing my art business. I have been producing fine art and wall décor for many years, and now I will be marketing my work to interior design firms for inclusion in commercial projects, especially the hospitality industry. I will develop new business simultaneously from within the UK and the USA.
As a result, I have also decided to change the focus of this blog. All the instructional material on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. will be moved to another web site (details will be provided as they become available).
Going forward, this blog, newly titled “Light+Color”, will now focus on art and interior design, especially including topics on using color and lighting.
Thank you for your support over these many years. I am very excited about these changes and hope you’ll continue the journey with me. Stay tuned for much more coming very soon!
PRweb April 23, 2012 GraphicDesign.com, a leading source of news and information devoted entirely to the graphic design industry, has unveiled its brand new website. GraphicDesign.com has been completely overhauled thanks to the input of Advisory Board members and will deliver cutting-edge graphic design news, blog posts, job openings, tutorials, and more.
One of the highlights of the new GraphicDesign.com is its Job Board, where employers can post openings at no charge. Current openings from recruitment agencies like Aquent, VitaminT, and The Creative Group span the gamut of the graphic design industry and include visual designers, website designers, HTML designers, proofreaders, and Flash developers. Job seekers can peruse requirements and application instructions by visiting GraphicDesign.com.
A Graphic Design Firm Directory has also been added, where agencies, freelancers, and consultants alike are welcome to post. The Type Studio and G Squared Studios are just a few of the companies in the all-new Firm Directory. Each listing includes a description of the business as well as its primary services and specialties.
The Advisory Board at GraphicDesign.com has been instrumental in directing the re-launch. VitaminT’s Susie Hall sits on GraphicDesign.com’s Advisory Board. So does Co-Founder of Marketing-Mentor.com Ilise Benun, with HOW Magazine, of the Creative Freelancer Conference, who is the author of such books as “The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing” and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money: How to Think About It, How to Talk About It, and How to Manage It.”
Debbie Millman and Von Glitschka can also be found on the GraphicDesign.com Advisory Board. The former is the President of the Design Division of Sterling Brands and has been with the company for nearly 20 years, redesigning over 200 brands during her tenure. Glitschka is a principal at Glitschka Studios (vonglitschka.com), which works with ad agencies and corporate art departments.
GraphicDesign.com’s writing team is second-to-none and brings a wide variety of personal and professional experience to the table. Fine art photographer and mixed media fine artist Nat Coalson has written content for GraphicDesign.com focusing on topics like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, digital photography, and histograms.
Neil Tortorella (neiltortorella.com), who has over 30 years of relevant experience, is a member of the site’s writing staff and has scribed about common rifts between web designers and graphic designers as well as proper website development. GraphicDesign.com also recently welcomed Dave Bricker, a Professor of Graphic Design in Miami, as a Featured Contributor.
GraphicDesign.com will flourish with its stable of experts, and the site is always looking for new writers. Prospective writers with unique backgrounds are urged to visit GraphicDesign.com and click on “Write for Us” in the upper right. There is still a long way to go and with a dedicated team of writers and advisory board members we are certain that there is going to be continual progress
GraphicDesign.com is a product of Terran Marketing and a leading source of news and information devoted entirely to the graphic design industry. Employers, students, and freelancers come to GraphicDesign.com to read and discuss current news, information, and events in the graphic design industry.
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“In working with Nat, his ability to see the world in a wonderfully unique manner and to capture it through his lens becomes quickly obvious. His innate sense of color, composition and lighting combined with his technical knowledge of the camera produce incredible works of art. The final touch of genius is seen in his presentation and placement of the pieces so that their statements of beauty and drama can be most fully appreciated.” - Andrea H. Wildman, IDS Associate; Owner, Andrea Wildman Interiors, Estes Park, CO