Nat Meade

Gust, 2018. Casein on hemp. 60.96 x 45.72 cm

Log, 2020. Oil on hemp. 45.72 x 50.8 cm

Cry Drops, 2021. Oil on hemp. 53.34 x 53.34 cm

Pop, 2020. Oil on hemp. 60.96 x 45.72 cm

Solo exhibition «Bad Luck Buddy», 2021. Installation view at L21. 


Set, 2020. Casein on paper. 25.5 x 20 cm

Tanner, 2020. Casein on paper. 19.5 x 18.5 cm

Drowner , 2020. Casein on paper. 20 x 16.5 cm

Face Shadow, 2020. Casein on paper. 15 x 13.3 cm


Nat Meade (b. 1975, Greenfield, Massachusetts, Grew up in Portland, Oregon) deals with elevated personages and their frailty in his work. The scale of the paintings is small and unheroic, yet the statue like figures with their long beards and gaping mouths appear monumental. Eyeglasses, cigarettes or collars humanize the figures and attach them to our world. Meade carefully works the canvas surfaces with heavily layered, scraped and scumbly paint that is loaded with color.


He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He mounted a recent solo exhibition at the Honey Ramka Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been reviewed in publications, such as Art Forum, The Boston Globe, Juxtapoz Magazine, Maake Magazine, and Hyperallergic. Meade holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. He attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 2009, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in 2016, the Siena Art Institute in 2018, and will attend the James Castle House summer Residency in Boise, Idaho in summer 2021.



Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine


Pratt Institute, M.F.A., with distinction


University of Oregon, B.F.A., Summa cum Laude




Bad Luck Buddy, L21 Gallery, Mallorca, Spain


Never Learn Not to Cease to Exist, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY


The Wait, Schneider Museum, Ashland OR

All Arounders, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR


Undershadow, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR


Pecker Tracks, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR



2021 The Symbolists: Les Fleurs du Mal, co-curated by Nicole Kaack and Karen Hesse Flatow, Hesse Flatow Gallery New York, NY  

Melancholympics, curated by Sasha Bogojev, The Wunderwall, Brussels, Belgium 

2020 First, Second, Third Person, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Biophilia, Curated by Emily Burns, Unpaved Gallery, Yucca Valley, CA

Selections: Works from Fine Arts Faculty, President’s Office Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

!QUIRK, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, NY

Distance: Works on Paper by Skowhegan Alumni, curated by Betsy Alwin and Steve Locke, Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Queens, NY

2018    Buddy System, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY 

            Interrupting Lines, Curated by Brock Brake, pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, CA

            I Remember You Well- Part 2, Curated by Adam Noack, Galerie Eigenheim, Weimar, Germany

2017    I Remember You Well, Curated by Adam Noack, Galerie Eigenheim, Berlin Germany

Published by the Artist, Curated by Angela Conant and Grayson Cox International Print Center New York 

Crunch, Curated by Matthew Fisher, The Breeder Gallery, Athens Greece

2016 Plus One, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Heads Up Game, Curated by Suzanne Dittenber, Metcalf Gallery, Taylor University, Upland, IN

Casual Deviant, Castledrone, Boston, MA

2015 Befana’s Secret Booty, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY 

Dogs and Cats, Curated by Nancy Grimes, Mark Miller Gallery, New York NY

Paintings in Trees, Peoples Garden, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Pierogi XX: 20th anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Wretch, Honey Ramka Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Congregation, curated by Sheila Pepe, Gallery 106 Green, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Unhinged, Summer Group Show, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2011 12 Painters 12 Hours, Rogue Space, New York NY

2010 Five From Brooklyn, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR

I Know What You Did Last Summer, Saint Cecilia’s Convent, Brooklyn, NY

A Separate Peace-curated by Shane McAdams, McNeil Project Space, New York, NY

Artist of the Week, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Winter Group Show 2009, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR



2021 Brooklyn Rail, The Symbolists: Les Fleurs du Mal, review by Elizabeth Buhe, March 2021

2020 Punch, Limited edition, Esopus Foundation 

2019 Art Forum, review by Tod Lippy, March 2019

2018 Art Maze Magazine, Summer Issue 9

2017 Juxtapoz Magazine, Evolution of a Man, Sasha Bogojev, October 2017

Maake Magazine, Issue 5

Hyperallergic, From Interference Paint to Prompt-Driven Portraits, a Trip to Dumbo Open Studios,       Seph Rodney, May 15

Two coats of Paint, May 16

2015       Art and Everything After, One Question, Steve Locke, June 4

  The Boston Globe, May 25

2014   The Portland Mercury, Art Walkin’, A.L. Adams, Feb 12

2012   Tin House: Winter Reading, December 2012, Issue 54, Cover

    The Berlin Journal, Spring 2012, Number 22, On Lonliness: The unbearable lightness of being  alone, pages 18-23

Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2012, Morphing Memories, pages 84-91 

2008   Fine Art Connoisseur, January/February 2008, Volume 5, Issue 1, Five to Watch page 63

2008   Portrait of Portland, Spring 2008, Volume 14, pages 18-26

2006   Portland Monthly, Volume 4, Issue 7, page 189

2005   The Oregonian, September 18, 2005

2005   Northwest Review, Volume 43, Number 1, Eight Clowns