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Nathan Vernau
Chicago, IL

About the Artist

Nathan Vernau was born in 1981, in the great state of Wisconsin. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2005 and, after earning his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2009, moved to Chicago.

Being heavily influenced by comic books and the stories he read as a child, the idea of sequence and narrative has become essential to Nathan's drawings. By animating body language, using symbols, and adding text he creates a visual conversation with the viewer. The words, phrases, or lyrics that appear offer multiple interpretations and double meanings that si…

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About the Artist

Nathan Vernau was born in 1981, in the great state of Wisconsin. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2005 and, after earning his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2009, moved to Chicago.

Being heavily influenced by comic books and the stories he read as a child, the idea of sequence and narrative has become essential to Nathan’s drawings. By animating body language, using symbols, and adding text he creates a visual conversation with the viewer. The words, phrases, or lyrics that appear offer multiple interpretations and double meanings that signify an inability to effectively communicate with others.

His work has been reviewed by "ArtSlant":http://ArtSlant.com, "ArtLog":http://ArtLog.com, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as featured in "New American Paintings":http://www.newamericanpaintings.com, "Studio Visit Magazine":http://studiovisitmagazine.com, and "MISC Magazine":http://www.miscmagazine.com. He has exhibited work at the Project Lodge and the "Overture Center for the Arts":http://www.theprojectlodge.com. In Chicago he has shown at "The Milk Factory":http://www.themilkfactorygallery.com and "Robert Bills Contemporary":http://www.robertbillscontemporary.com/home.

Artist’s Work

On my shelf
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On my shelf

By Nathan Vernau

I dont know how to juggle
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I don't know how to juggle

By Nathan Vernau

Comfort
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Comfort

By Nathan Vernau

Unopened doors
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"Unopened doors"

By Nathan Vernau

Due over
Nathan vernau

Due over

By Nathan Vernau

Sent
Nathan vernau

Sent

By Nathan Vernau

Cluster of balloons
Nathan vernau

Cluster of balloons

By Nathan Vernau

Scraps debris
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"Scraps & Debris"

By Nathan Vernau

Snagged
Nathan vernau

"Snagged"

By Nathan Vernau

Xo marks the spot
Nathan vernau

XO marks the spot

By Nathan Vernau

Panic attack whilst treading water
Nathan vernau

Panic attack whilst treading water

By Nathan Vernau

So this is what adulthood is
Nathan vernau

So this is what adulthood is

By Nathan Vernau

Selected Exhibitions

  • Offwhite
    Chicago, IL, 2012
  • Doppelgänger
    Chicago, IL, 2012
  • OhNo!Doom Gallery
    Chicago, IL, 2011
  • the Milk Factory
    Chicago, IL, 2011
  • Robert Bills Contemporary
    Chicago, IL, 2011

Press and Accolades

  • Studio Visit Magazine
    Vol. 15
  • Chicago Tribune
    February 25, 2011
  • New American Paintings
    No. 89 - Midwest Issue

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA
    Madison, WI,2009 
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, BFA
    Menomonie, WI,2005