Strange Wonderland: New Works by Nat Chamberlin



The Gallery 4 is proud to present Strange Wonderland: New Works by Nat Chamberlin

Strange Wonderland opens Saturday, July 7th - July 28th, 2012 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will  take place Saturday, July 7th, 2012 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .

Nat Chamberlin is a Painter and Illustrator, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Nat has been drawing since she was a child and is mostly a self-taught illustrator. She briefly attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to further her studies as an artist. Her works are a distinct mix of cute and creepy, charming and gloomy: darkly themed, macabre images of whimsical creatures rendered in a colorful pallette with tight lines. Chamberlin draws inspiration for her moody, adorable ghouls from her myriad interests in horror movies, fashion, monsters, weird dreams, heavy metal, punk rock, opera, classical music, and her collections of morbid oddities and antiques. Her work is further galvanized by her admiration for pop art icons such as Andy Warhol, Mark Ryden, Alexander McQueen, Buff Monster, Tara McPhearson and Elizabeth McGrath; her style is sometimes drawn into comparison with that of artist Camille Rose Garcia. Although this will be Chamberlin's first solo exhibition, she has presented paintings on canvas as well as custom vinyl toys in group exhibitions at SlaughterHouse, New Amsterdam Lounge and Zombo galleries in Lawrenceville.

Nat on Strange Wonderland, "Most of the ideas for my work just appear; sometimes I'll be in a deep sleep and a character or two will appear in my dream and I'll have to roll myself out of bed immediately and sketch them out (sometimes they don't let me sleep at all!). Sometimes I'll just sit down and sketch and before I know it there are 10 new characters in front of me, it just comes naturally. My art does not reflect my life on the surface, but I can look at each painting and remember what I was thinking when I created it. Most of my work does not have any deep meaning, I prefer that the viewer make their own assumptions and I let my thoughts remain a mystery to them."

To see more, visit the artist's website: natchamberlin.com.

Select Images from Strange Wonderland:

     
Milo   Matilda Deuce  Oatmeal
     
     
 Harold  Miss Misery  Cora
     
     
 Rosalie  Parker  I Heart Cleavers 
     
Mask Adora Scully Death Box Queen of Broken Hearts
Dixie Poison Heart + Lou-Ann Crossbones Agony
Rita Toxic Heart Captain MilkBeard
Nursie Lollipop The Huntress
Hazel Pinky The Poison Heart
Franken Scully Death Box I Heart Cleavers Boney Beatrix

     
The Saint? Cooper   Mr.Sweet
     
 
   Baabs