DAC February/March 2018 Artist Spotlight – Nathan Mulford

This month we spotlight DAC artist Nathan Mulford who works in the mediums of painting, drawing, and photography.  Nathan Mulford was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where he currently resides with his wife and two children. He attended the University of Utah where he studied painting, drawing and graphic design. Nathan graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree and then spent an additional year training as an art assistant with local Utah artist John O'Connell.

Nathan's paintings reflect the environment he grew up in. He prefers to work with humble materials and finds inspiration for his work in desert landscape and historical artifacts. Nathan describes his work in the following terms:

My work is inspired by the role memory plays in our lives and how it influences our relationships. Each piece develops a history that is built with layers of paint, graphite and other materials. 

My paintings explore the juxtaposition of concrete and abstract elements of memory. I use both rigid, geometric structures and fluid, ethereal marks that seem to defy gravity. These elements appear and disappear as they are painted over and redrawn from the memory of previous layers. Other times, these elements are excavated from the paint revealing stratified layers. As I create, I reinterpret the work that came before representing the way that memories can be altered by time, experience and perception.

I believe this process reflects how memory works in our everyday lives. Memory influences consciousness and consciousness, in turn, influences how we interpret memory. In this way, our own personal narrative is always changing. 

Nathan is currently showing his work in a two-person show called Sym·bols and Al·lu·sions, Art by Anthony Siciliano and Nathan Mulford at the Downtown Artist Collective Gallery.  The show runs through March 12th, 2018.

More of Nathan’s work can be found on his website https://www.nathanmulford.com


Zero Markers by Nathan Mulford