Nat Meade : at the James Castle House

May 19 - July 28, 2021

During the summer of 2021, Brooklyn based painter and professor Nat Meade was in residence at the James Castle House.  Meade  uses his work to reflect on the complex feelings that surround the experience of moving through different phases of life.  The figures in Meade’s paintings become stand-ins for himself in his investigation of the experience of becoming an adult, husband, and parent, each character viewed through the dual lens of self-scrutiny and societal expectation. 


Like  the self-taught artist James Castle (1899 – 1977),  Meade generates many versions of the same motif, working on an image again and again uncovering slight variations from once piece to the next.  Some of Nat Meade's  recent  works were created during the  10 week residency at the James Castle House (Boise, ID).

Meade received his BFA from the University of Oregon and his MFA from Pratt Institute. His work has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, and has been reviewed in publications such as Art Forum, Juxtapoz, The Boston Globe, and Hyperallergic. Meade is an instructor of painting and drawing at Pratt Institute, where he also serves as the Assistant Chairperson of Fine Arts.