Natalie Featherston

Natalie Featherston

Masquerade, 2021
oil
21 x 25 in
$6,200
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About The Artist

Natalie Featherston

Natalie Featherston —b.1969, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Artist Natalie Featherston works exclusively in the centuries old realm of trompe l’oeil, creating dazzling paintings that combine the virtuosity of a Dutch master with a thoroughly modern mind. The Chicago Sun Times has described her work as, “Artful beyond just illusion and trickery, they are truly masterful still lifes made with both craft and wit.”

 

Natalie says, “What inspires me most is the creative voice, whimsy and humor trompe l’oeil allows the artist to express. Unlike portraits or landscape, still life doesn’t simply exist around us. You have to build the stage for the painting, selecting the color and textures. The end result draws the viewer in and connects with them in a meaningful way. This is why I’ve always found trompe l’oeil to be a challenge, and although it may qualify me as a one-trick-pony, I can’t imagine painting anything else.” 

 

Natalie discovered her love for painting by accident in the early 1990s after moving from North Carolina to New York City to pursue her master’s degree in music. An accomplished cellist, she has had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. “Although I enjoyed making music, I wanted to do something more creative and unique, something that was altogether mine. I started drawing from the models at the Art Students League and I was hooked.” Classes soon followed at some of New York’s most venerable art institutions: The National Academy of Design, The School of Visual Arts and The Drawing Academy of the Atlantic, culminating in a six-year apprenticeship with Michael Aviano.

 

Ms. Featherston’s paintings have received numerous awards from some of the most distinguished art organizations in the country, including the Art Renewal Center, the Salmagundi Club and the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Club. Her paintings have appeared in The Artists Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Fine Art Connoisseur to name but a few of the publications that have featured her work. In 2021 Natalie was awarded “Best Trompe L’Oeil” at the 15th Art Renewal Center Salon, the largest and most prestigious art competition in the world for representational art. Ms. Featherston is represented by art galleries in major cities across the country, and her paintings are sought after by notable collectors including Danielle Steele, J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Alice Cooper.

 

B. 1969, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

EDUCATION

 

1995-2001 Michael Aviano, private instruction, New York, NY

1993-1995 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1991-1993 Art Students League, New York, NY

1985-1991 North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2021 Faux Sho: New Trompe L’oeil Paintings - Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2020 Greatest Hits: The All New Trompe Loeil Review- Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2019 Crafty B*tch - Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Showcase- Maxwell Alexander, Los Angeles, CA

2017 The Art of Story - Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016 The Art of Thinking Outside the Box -Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe , NM

2015 New Works- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014 Fire Sale! Everything Must Go!- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 Deceptions and Illusions, New Trompe L’oeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 Recent Trompe Loeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011 New Work- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Still Life Goes On: New Trompe Loeil- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 New Work- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008 Too Good to be True- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007 The Best Magic Show Ever- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Trick the Eye, Tempt the Tongue- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005 Suitable for Framing- Meyer-Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004 Just Desserts- Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003- New Work - Munson-Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003 New Work- Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Still Life Goes On- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2021 Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists, National Juried Show with    American Women Artists

15th Art Renewal Salon Awards Show - The Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain

Honoring - The Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2020 Contemporary Realism- Cavalier Galleries, NYC

Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition- Providence, RI

Red Ribbon- Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

Art Renewal Center Awards Show- Rehs Contemporary, New York, NY

Still Women Run Deep - Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2019 Trompe Loeil Meets Photorealism- The Peto Museum, Island Heights, NJ

          Art Renewal Center Awards Show- Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

Mondo Tondo- Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

          The Perfectionists- Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

Five and Under - Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

Making Her Mark - Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah

2018 Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto- Morven Museum, Princeton, NJ

        Five and Under- Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

        Small Works- Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

        Fool Me Once, Invitational Trompe L’oeil Show- Robert Lange Studios, SC     

2016 The Altitude Project- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2015 The Lollipop Guild- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2015 The Birds- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK

2014 Miniature Show- Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

2013 Femme Fatale- Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

2012 Caution: Wet Paint!- Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa OK

2012  Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

2011 Flora and Fauna- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

2010 American Miniatures- Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2009 Trompe Loeil Invitational- Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion

2009  Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts

2009  American Miniatures- Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2008 Santa Fe Food Fest- Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007 Big Talent, Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         American Masters Invitational- Settler’s West, Tucson AZ

        30th Anniversary Show- Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale. AZ

2006 Small Works- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Art LA, Art Miami, Art Boston, Art Philadelphia- Arcadia Fine Arts

2005 Small Works Show- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Art LA, Art Miami, Art Boston, Art Philadelphia- Arcadia Fine Arts

2004 Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

          Russeck Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 Re-Presenting Realism VI- The Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY

         Trompe Loeil- Century Gallery, Alexandria VA

2002 New Year, New Talent- Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Images 2002- University of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2001 Summer Invitational, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY

         Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

         Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, New York, NY

2000 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

         Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

         First Street Gallery NYC

1999 Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich CT

         J&W Fine Arts, New Hope, PA

1996 Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

 

AWARDS

2021 Best Trompe L’oeil - 15th Art Renewal Center Salon

         Award of Excellence - American Women Artists National Juried Open

         Finalist, Jackson’s Painting Prize

         Finalist, Boynes Emerging Artist Award

2020 The Mary Castelnovo Award- Providence Art Club National Open Juried Show

2019 Rehs Gallery Award and Finalist, 14th Art Renewal Center Salon

2018  Arcadia Contemporary Award and Finalist, 13th Art Renewal Center Salon

2001  First Place, Still Life - The Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition

2001  President’s Choice Award - Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2001  Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, New York, NY

2000  Still Life Finalist - The Artists Magazine Annual Still Life Competition

2000  Art Times Award - Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Mr. Alice Cooper

Mr. Larry Luchino, Co-Owner of the Boston Red Sox

Mr. J.J. Abrams, Alias Television Productions

Mr. Alex Kurtzman, Universal Studios

Mr. Paul Feig

Ms. Toni Morrison

Ms. Danielle Steele

Mr. Graydon Parish

Mr. Jeremy Lipking

Mr. Logan Maxwell Hagege

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krakoff

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Godel

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adorni

Mr. Alex Williamson

Ms. Noreen Taylor, Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Western Art Collector, June 2021

 

Fine Art Connoisseur, November 2020

 

American Art Collector, November 2020

 

Forbes Magazine, September 2020

 

Southwest Art Magazine, October 2018

 

Western Art Collector Magazine, October 2018

 

Boston Voyager Magazine, June 2018

 

Fine Art Connoisseur, March 2019

 

Southwest Art Magazine, April 2020

 

Focus Magazine, September 2007

 

Santa Fean Magazine, September 2007

 

Art Talk Magazine, March 2007

 

Southwest Art Magazine, January 2007

 

American Art Collector, May 2006

 

Santa Fean Magazine, September 2005

 

The New Mexican Magazine

Pasa-Tiempo, September 16-22, 2005

 

The Artists Magazine, December 2001

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