Nathlie Provosty is an emerging American visual artist known for her masterfully executed abstract works that can appear aesthetically simple when viewed from a distance, but become more complex upon closer inspection despite the apparent reductivism of her monochromatic color palette. Made with exceptional artistic rigor and vision, her work hovers between illusion and abstraction, evoking elusive fluctuations of physical, spatial, and conceptual depth. Her oeuvre has been included in numerous individual and collective shows throughout the US and overseas.
Multiple Associations of Provosty’s Work
Using dark blues, bright whites, and occasionally high-key colors, the artist creates outstanding letter-like forms that push forward with a slight pulsation, especially depending on the quality of the light that illuminates it, while the painted field as a whole changes under different viewing conditions. Within her well-known series that uses a curved shape – initially called Doubleu by the artist (the spelling of the letter) – Provosty pairs matte and oil paint into closed forms, opening the space with their reflective surfaces and tenuously squeezed outer edges, implying multiple associations that imply numerous unfixed interpretations.
Academic Background, Exhibitions and Collections
Born in 1981, Nathlie Provosty earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, in 2004 and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. The year following her BFA, Provosty lived in India on a Fulbright Fellowship in painting. Recent showings include Bischoff Projects in Frankfurt, Germany (2016); A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy (2016); and Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York (2016), among others. Provosty’s works are included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Colby Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art.
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In 2013, the talented artist created an eye-catching artwork for the solo album Aheym by musician Bryce Dessner, the singer and guitarist for the alternative-rock and Americana band the National. She collaborated with the poet Robert Kelly, which resulted in a group of paintings she painted for his book The Color Mill, published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2014. Provosty’s career has definitely been on the steady rise for the past decade. She represents an extraordinary talent of great aesthetic and style, with prospects of bright career laying ahead of her.
Nathlie Provosty currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Featured image: portraits of the artist
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