The process for my current series of paintings and drawings has included commissioning three of my favorite ambient musicians to score the as-yet-to-be-determined exhibition. These four movements are their generous contributions. I’m honored to work with such talented musicians. They created these works in New York, Brazil, and Italy – all to musically describe a “pilgrimage”. I intend to have these sounds playing in the space that the work will be shown in and as an accompaniment to the book and/or catalog. Enjoy. My sincerest thanks to Black Swan, Gimu, and the Volume Settings Folder.
This weekend and next from 12-3 pm I will be painting at the paint studio in the Denver Art Museum. For more information visit the Denver Art Museum website dedicated to the ongoing project.
May 20, 2011, Art’s New View: The 12 best Colorado artists 35 and under – The Denver Post. Kyle MacMillan writes;
Media: Painting and drawing
Why we like him: Abels creates sublimely understated works that are poised between the real and imagined, with their enigmatic narratives and hushed tonal effects. He has all the ingredients, including refined technique and a wholly distinctive vision, to forge a major national career.
Art-world cred: Emerging artist of the year, The Denver Post, 2009
His take: “My work is primarily realistically based paintings and drawings. They explore the landscape and its inhabitants. Many of my images depict a paused narrative, such as a parachutist in free fall or an encounter with a bison in the woods.”
Influences: David Lynch, Vija Celmins, Henning Kles
Art today: “Artists have access to such a wealth of visual material, it is easy to become overstimulated and difficult to find meaning.”
also – here is a new painting:
As part of the review of Mamma Andersson at the Aspen Art Museum;
…”Andersson’s distinctive voice, anchored in dark, Bergmanesque sensibility of her native Scandinavia, perhaps holds a special resonance for Colorado, because of the parallels between its topography and that of Sweden. Certainly, some of the state’s artists, such as Nathan Abels of Denver, tread similar physical and emotional landscapes in their work. Abel’s painting ‘Kairos’, 2010, for example, offers a stark enigmatic view of a lonely road cutting through an icy landscape that looks both real and alien.”
Kyle MacMillan, Art Forum, April 2011, page 223