A contemporary realist, I work in the wonder of people and place.
Ennobled by a reverence for real presences, I seek a warm path between cold nostalgia and overwrought novelty. Meaning and Beauty are stubborn, moving, persistent. To listen well is to greet them, to see them through -- to welcome them into every furrow of my life and labors.
A Southerner by birth and by residence, I am attuned to the discomfiting divides in religion and race, where thresholds of meeting have often become boundaries. Attempting to fashion reins from the twin cords of imagination and craft, I seek to harness compassion and truth-telling in works that defy small yields -- works that reinvigorate.
Striving for more than mere technical prowess or self-expression, I desire to communicate: to represent moments of human being and relating as splices from a larger narrative, freighted like parables. To practice stillness and reflection in the midst of our frenetic culture is an act of renunciation as much as defiance -- a reckoning with our corporate distractedness and dismissal of the soul.
Enchanted by the medium of oils, I now hope to enlarge my own work to a fully human scale: to take up the particular and the local, pulling every edge towards wholeness.
Nathan Bertling (b. 1974, USA)
Bo Bartlett Master Class, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, 2016
The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC, under B.F. Long, IV, 2002-2008
Furman University, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, cum laude, 1996
2019, TBA, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC -- upcoming
2018, Open Studios, Greenville, SC -- upcoming
2018, Flat Out Under Pressure, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC
2018, Open Studios Retrospective, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC
2018, Passing Through, solo show, Centre Stage, Greenville, SC
2017, Open Studios, Greenville, SC
2017, Open Studios Retrospective, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC
2017, ARTISPHERE Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, Greenville, SC
2016, 10 x 10 = 100 Challenge (invitational), Greenville Center for Creative Arts, SC
2016, Open Studios, Greenville, SC
2016, Looking Forward/Looking Back: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Still Life in the Upstate, BJU, Greenville, SC
2016, ARTISPHERE Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, Greenville, SC
Turner, Ariel: “Opening New Doors,” Greenville Journal, November 2016, p. 28
Works held in private collections in Scotland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.
2017-2018, Drawing Instructor, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, SC
2017, Brandon Fellows Mentor, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, SC
2006-2008, Portrait Drawing Instructor, The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC