A classically-trained 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.

Attempting to fashion reins from the twin cords of imagination and craft, I look to harness compassion and truth-telling in works that defy small yields -- works that reinvigorate. 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 hope to enlarge my own work to a fully human scale -- to take up the particular and the local, pulling every edge towards wholeness.

 

curriculum vitae

Nathan Bertling (b. 1974, USA)

Education

 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

Selected Exhibitions

 2019, TBA, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC -- upcoming

 2018, Open Studios, Greenville, SC

 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

Bibliography

 Bright, Terri: "Moment's Notice," TOWN Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 4, April 2018, p. 132

 Turner, Ariel: “Opening New Doors,” Greenville Journal, November 2016, p. 28

 Moore Keith, Abby: “Painter’s Perspective: Nathan Bertling Views Life through a Refined Lens,” TOWN Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2016, p. 53-54

Collections

 Works held in private collections in Scotland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.

Teaching

 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