Artist Natalie Featherston works exclusively in the centuries old realm of trompe l’oeil, creating dazzling paintings that combine the virtuosity of a Dutch master with a thoroughly modern mind. The Chicago Sun Times has described her work as, “Artful beyond just illusion and trickery, they are truly masterful still lifes made with both craft and wit.”

 

Natalie says, “What inspired me most is the creative voice, whimsy and humor trompe l’oeil allows the artist to express. Unlike portraits or landscape, good still life doesn’t simply exist around us. You have to build the stage for the painting, selecting the color and textures. The end result draws the viewer in and connects with them in a meaningful way. This is why I’ve always found trompe l’oeil to be a challenge, and although it may qualify me as a one-trick-pony, I can’t imagine painting anything else.” 

 

Natalie discovered her love for painting by accident in the early 1990s after moving from North Carolina to New York City to pursue her master’s degree in music. An accomplished cellist, she has had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. “Although I enjoyed making music, I wanted to do something more creative and unique, something that was altogether mine. I started drawing from the models at the Art Students League and I was hooked.” Classes soon followed at some of New York’s most venerable art institutions: The National Academy of Design, The School of Visual Arts and The Drawing Academy of the Atlantic, culminating in a six-year apprenticeship with Michael Aviano.

 

Ms. Featherston’s paintings have received numerous awards from some of the most distinguished art organizations in the country, including the Salmagundi Club and the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Club. Her paintings have appeared in The Artist’s MagazineAmerican Art CollectorSouthwest Art, and the Santa Fean Magazine to name but a few of the publications that have featured her work. Ms. Featherston is represented by art galleries in major cities across the country, and her paintings are sought after by notable collectors including Toni Morrison, Danielle Steele, J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Philip Godel of Godel & Co. Fine Arts in New York City. Natalie Featherston is associated with the Museum of Realist Art in Boston, MA.

 

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

 

Meyer Gallery

225 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-983-1434

http://www.meyergalleries.com/

 

Lovetts Gallery

The Farm Shopping Center

6528 E. 51st Street

Tulsa, OK 74145

http://www.lovettsgallery.com/

 

Gallery Piquel

31 N. Main Street

New Hope, PA 18938

215-862-3523

http://www.gallerypiquel.com/

 

Clark Gallery

145 Lincoln Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

617-386-6115

http://www.clarkgallery.com/exhibitions

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1995-2001 Michael Aviano, private instruction, New York, NY

1993-1995 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1991-1993 Art Students League, New York, NY

1985-1991 North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017 The Art of Story- Meet Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016 The Art of Thinking Inside the Box - Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015 New Works- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014 Fire Sale! Everything Must Go!- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 Deceptions and Illusions, New Trompe L’oeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Recent Trompe L’oeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011 New Work- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Still Life Goes On-- New Trompe L’oeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 New Work- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008 Too Good to be True- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007 The Best Magic Show Ever- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Trick the Eye, Tempt the Tongue- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005 Suitable for Framing- Meyer-Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004 Just Desserts- Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003 New Work- Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Still Life Goes On- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2018 Celebration of Contemporary Trompe L'oil Painting,        Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

2016 The Altitude Project- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2015 The Lollipop Guild- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

         The Birds- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK

2014 Miniature Show- Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

2013 Femme Fatale- Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

2012 Caution: Wet Paint!- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK

         Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

2011 Flora and Fauna- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

2010 American Miniatures- Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2009 Trompe L’Oeil Invitational- Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion

         Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts

         American Miniatures- Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2008 Santa Fe Food Fest- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007 Big Talent, Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         American Master’s Invitational- Settler’s West, Tucson AZ

         Holiday Illusions- Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

         30th Anniversary Show- Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale. AZ 

2006 Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Art LA, Art Miami, Art Boston, Art Philadelphia- Arcadia Fine Arts

2005 Small Works Show- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Art LA, Art Miami, Art Boston, Art Philadelphia- Arcadia Fine Arts

2004 Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

          Russeck Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 Re-Presenting Realism VI- The Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY

         Trompe L’oeil- Century Gallery, Alexandria VA

2002 New Year, New Talent- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Images 2002- University of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2001 Summer Invitational, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

         Catherina Lorillard Wolfe Club, New York, NY

2000 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

         Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

         First Street Gallery NYC

1999 Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich CT

         J&W Fine Arts, New Hope PA

1996 Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

 

AWARDS

 

2001 The Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition, First Place- Still Life

          Salmagundi Club, New York, NY- President’s Choice Award

          Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, New York, NY

2000 The Artists Magazine Annual Still Life Competition- Still Life Finalist

         Salmagundi Club, New York, NY – Art Times Award

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Mr. J.J. Abrams, Alias Television Productions, Burbank, CA

Mr. Alex Kurtzman, Universal Studios

Mr. Paul Feig

Ms. Toni Morrison

Ms. Danielle Steele

Mr. Graydon Parish, Austin, TX

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krakoff, Boston, MA

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Godel, New York, NY

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adorni

Ms. Noreen Taylor, Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario

Natalie Featherston is associated with the Museum of Realist Art, Boston, MA

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Southwest Art Magazine

April 2010

 

Focus Magazine

September 2007

 

Santa Fean Magazine

September 2007

 

Art Talk Magazine

March 2007

 

Southwest Art Magazine, “Top Ten Artists to Watch for 2007”

January 2007

 

American Art Collector

May 2006

 

Santa Fean Magazine, “The Best of Fall”

September 2005

 

The New Mexican Magazine

Pasa-Tiempo, Weekly Magazine of Art And Culture

September 16-22, 2005

 

The Artists Magazine, “The Year’s Best Art”

December 2001