For the next couple weeks we will be focusing on a new series called the Poetic Series. This series is based on poems that I wrote myself in which the paintings & the poems really give life to each other.
For Death slowly overcomes
As I wander this wretched world
Searching for a place of rest
I bleed without blood
The truth known
A foolish thought
To think to understand
Is to listen
Upon deaf ears; I cry
Slip into the darkness
Unseen by all
Emerge Blind Man
The foolish eyes lost
To brightness unknown
For the next couple weeks we will be focusing on a new series called the Poetic Series. This series is based on poems that I wrote myself in which the paintings & the poems really give life to each other. Many of the pieces in the series I hand painted the poem onto the canvas to make them as one. The idea for this series came when I was looking to make a wedding gift for my sister. I wanted to make something that really captured the love between my sister and her soon to be husband. So I worked on a poem and then images of the poem came into my head and I thought it would be great if I incorporated both. After doing this piece I looked through some other poems I had written and found ways to express those through images.
The first piece we will be talking about is the painting that started it all; it is called “Fairy Tale”. To read full poem, click on "READ MORE".
How can I start a conversation about a piece that has impacted myself as an artist more than I probably would ever like to share? I am not too sure but I will give it my best shot.
I started this piece when I was in one of the most emotional trying times of my life. I was isolated, alone and so very lost. The only thing I knew before painting this piece was that I wanted to be a real artist and make it as my profession. I had no clue if I could do it and honestly waivered in my belief that I had the talent to do it. When I started this piece I just let go of everything and left it on the canvas. Once I finally finished this piece and looked back at it I knew that no matter what, art was what I had to do. Obviously, the thought of failing and being broke and destitute really scares me like it would most. But for the first time in my life I knew I couldn’t let that fear stop me anymore, and that even if I was the only one who discovered something through my pieces I had to keep creating them. So I have, and slowly I believe that I am helping to reach people and make their lives a bit more colorful.
As I could probably talk about “Freedom” for hours I will spare you and focus on some of the highlights of it. “Freedom” started with a broken heart (the loss of heart) the idea of emptiness, blackness, a whole that felt like it would engulf me. It became more as all my thoughts of doubt; self-denial, anger and anguish started pouring out. I was stripped naked down to my very core having no recourse but to stare into that which I was so afraid of. For who truly wants to take off there masks and look into the true eyes of who they were.
"Zen" by Nate Lonnen 24"x48" Acrylic on Canvas
How do I begin to talk about a piece that so closely resembles my intimate battle? Zen is the sister painting of Bushido, a commission painting that I ultimately created for a very good friend of mine. They both in ways are very similar but in essence very different. Zen is the manifestation of my belief of what true peace would look like if I found harmony within myself. This is the battle I wage everyday not only while I am awake but also and many times more when I am asleep. With this piece, I wanted to manifest the pivotal roles that these opposing and yet interconnecting forces play in our natures. While also, presenting the struggle between the two, resulting in the personification of this battle in us all. The choices we make define our existence and put us on different paths of self-realization and inner serenity.
Buddhism is a belief centralized around the idea of harmony between yin and yang (Zen). This is why I used the monk as the central piece in the painting. It is a clear representation of the whole idea around the Opposing Forces series and the idea of harmony is essential in understanding this piece. This monk is a reflection of myself as this picture is a representation of what I strive to achieve. It is no coincidence that the monk is sitting on a rock and staring into a tremendous moon. I use the rock as a place of stability and strength, while the moon signifies a majestic and supernatural type power. We always need to be looking towards the future and never stare too long at what’s behind. That isn’t to say that in meditation and contemplation you shouldn’t look inward and learn from your mistakes or history. But you should always strive to look ahead and towards the wider future and the bigger world.
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"The Abyss" by Nate Lonnen
This was a commissioned piece for Graf Brothers Flooring & Lumber, for an event at the Charlotte Convention Center. 4/28-29 2016.
If interested in your own commissioned table please contact us, Juliano has circular and rectangular oak slab waiting for buyers. If oak isn't your preference he can work with you to get a different species of wood. He can customize table legs. (980) 819-1762.
"Goodbye" by Nate Lonnen 16"x20" Oil Pastel on Canvas
"Fracas" by Nate Lonnen 16"x20" oil pastel on canvas