Bio

 

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Then Came a Whisper from the East, Oil on Canvas, 2015

Natasha Kissell’s paintings reveal landscapes with a dream like quality, and offer juxtapositions that radiate wonderment and dissonance. Kissel often includes modernist architecture, highly designed and angular that jut out from their setting amongst a natural but considerably manicured landscape. The presence of such buildings jars with the natural surrounds, and begs questions on our environment, the environment, and cultural and natural beauty. Questions placed by Kissell to explore strangeness and detachment from the physical world and our placement within it. The manicured landscapes coax another layer of juxtaposition and suggest a human desire to control the wilderness of nature. The nature presented in her work is clean, neat, and arranged; an aesthetic that alludes to perfection through the omitted chaos, and ironically discloses fantastical settings, imaginative landscapes. The cute country cottage is replaced by structures that some may see as ugly, misplaced, and others may see as utopian.

Natasha Kissell was born in South Africa and currently lives and works in Brighton, UK. Kissell attended the Royal Academy and Charles Saatchi bought her entire graduation show in 2003.

Education

2002 – 2003 Royal Academy Schools – Fine Art Postgraduate Studies
1997 – 2000 Byam Shaw School of Art – BA Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions

2017, Army of Bones, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
2016, Dynamic Landscapes, Bearspace, London
2012, Misty Blue, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
2012 Dream House: House of Dreaming, Eleven London
2011 Volta Art Fair, New York
2011 What Lies Beneath, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
2010, No New Thing Under the Sun, The Royal Academy of Art, London
2010 Artificial Paradises, Eleven London
2008 The Hours Eleven, London
2006 Natasha Kissell Gallery 10G, New York
2006 Magical Worlds Eleven, London
2006 Another Product (part of The British Art Show 6) Corner House Manchester organised by The Arts Council and the British Council.

Group Exhibitions

2017, Sick Nature, John Contable’s Studio, Brighton
2016, 1+1, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
2016, Dead Romantic, John Constable’s Studio, Brighton
2015, Falls the Shadow, Eleven, London
2010 Uncertain Terrain, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tenessee
2009 Mash Up, joint show with Peter Harrap at Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
2009, Ember, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
2008 Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture at Connecticut’s Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and Mills College Art Museum, California
2008 Romanticism Interrupted, joint show with Natasha Law, The Viewing Room Gallery, Mumbai, India
2006 ART futures (organized by the Contemporary Art Society) Bloomberg London
2005 RAdical Art: New Painting from the Royal Academy Schools Jerwood Space
2006 Group Show Kew Gardens, London
2006 Figurations II Eleven London
2005 Natasha Kissell & Peter Harrap The Chambers Gallery, London
2005 Figurations Eleven, London
2003 Stranger than Fiction Space Gallery, London
2003 RA Schools Graduates Harwood House Leeds
2003 Graduate Show Royal Academy of Art
2003 Premiums The Sackler Gallery, Royal Academy of Art
2002 Network Art The Albermarle Gallery
2001 New Landscape to New England Sara Pierce Fine Art London
2000 Artist in Residence Martha’s Vineyard with Anderson Stewart FineArt

Prizes

1996 Diploma in Painting awarded by the Painter Stainers
2001 The David Murray Prize for Landscape Painters
2002 The Edna Weiss Prize for Painting
2002 – 2003 Royal Academy Schools – Fine Art Postgraduate Studies
2003 The Gordon Luton Prize for Painting
2004 Nominated for Beck’s Futures
2006 Finalist, Celeste Art Prize, 2006
2006 Finalist, Jerwood Contemporary Painters
Corporate and Public Collections
In 2008 she will be included in Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee
Saatchi Collection

Collectors include, among others, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, the Saatchi Collection, the Ovitz Family Collection and Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee.

 

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Solitude, Oil on Canvas, 2016