Nathan Hylden - Untitled (detail), 2015

Nathan Hylden

United States 1978


Nathan Hylden
Nathan Hylden
United States
May 5, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Nathan Hylden is an American abstract painter admired for his ability to question the very essence of painting in a unique body of work. He chooses to utilize diverse media, such as aluminum, pearlescent paint and spray paints and each of his paintings becomes a meaningful frame within the larger sequence. Hylden’s main goal is to depict the complex relationships between absence and presence, emptiness and meaning, cause and effect. The aesthetics behind Hylden’s work is clearly contemporary and unpredictable in its uniqueness.

Nathan Hylden - Untitled, 2013
Nathan Hylden – Untitled, 2013

Coherent Groups of Paintings

Hylden has earned his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, in 2006, and his BFA from Minnesota State University, in 2001. He was also a guest student at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, in 2005. He developed his personal style of working in series, creating a number of coherent, interconnected works. Another typical quality of Hylden’s works are the artist’s broad gestures with paint, which end up overlapping each other and affecting multiple canvases. In this way, the artist creates coherent groups of work, which are intrinsically linked due to their shared materials and common aesthetics.

Hylden developed his personal style of working in series, creating a number of coherent works

Nathan Hylden - Untitled, 2014
Nathan Hylden – Untitled, 2014

Concepts of Absence and Presence

Hylden’s paintings are based on rigorous conceptual processes – the artist investigates the philosophical concepts and relationships between cause and effect, emptiness and meaning. He has developed quite elaborate technical processes – for example, he paints his canvases with holographic gold, arranges them on the floor and sprays the overlapping sections of the canvases yellow, before finally stenciling black stripes. This interesting process results in a series of interconnected works, since they are conceived in the same way, at the same time. In another series of paintings, Hylden uses a different yet equally unique approach – he screen-prints aluminum plates with an image of a blank canvas. There’s no better symbol of emptiness than an empty canvas and through this process the artist wants to reveal his idea that the materials used in painting, even empty canvases, are meaningful and carry a certain aesthetical value.

Hylden investigates the relationships between cause and effect, emptiness and meaning

Nathan Hylden - Untitled, 2015
Nathan Hylden – Untitled, 2015

International Success

Hylden became well-known and appreciated for his trademark process of taking the pre-condition of the canvas as the conceptual starting point for his puzzling pieces. His uniquely abstract, process-oriented artworks that investigate the puzzling dualities of existence such as blankness and figuration, singularity and plurality, the manual and the mechanical, have won a lot of attention in both American and international art scenes. He has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Koenig Galerie in Berlin, Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles, Misako & Rosen in Tokyo and Art Concept in Paris.

Nathan Hylden lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Featured image: Nathan Hylden – Untitled (detail), 2015
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015MaterialKonig Galerie, BerlinGroup
2015Painting the Blue SkyStefan Lundgren Gallery, MallorcaGroup
2014More Over Art: Concept, Paris Solo
2014FIAC Stand Art: Concept, Paris Group
2014Beware Wet Paint Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin Group
2014Love Story, Die Sammlung Anne und Wolfgang Titze, 21er Haus Belvedere Group
2014Chat Jet (Part 2) - Sculpture in reflection Künstlerhaus, KM, Burgring, Autriche Group
2014Plus un geste Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris Group
2014Goes OnKonig Galerie, BerlinSolo
2013Meanwhile Johann König, Berlin Solo
2013Meanwhile Hamburger Kunstverein , Hamberg Solo
2013The Floating Admiral Palais de Tokyo, Paris Group
2013Ambient Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York Group
2013L’Origine des choses La CENTRALE for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles Group
2013Why Not Live For Art II Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo Group
2012Seuls quelques fragments de nous Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Group
2012Lost in LA – an art exhibition & experience Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, L.A Group
2012I think and that is all I am Thomas Duncan Gallery, L.A Group
2012Il Regalo Overduin and Kite, L.A Group
2012Stand Art: Concept Art Basel, Bâle Group
2012Minimal Myth Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam Group
2011Nathan HyldenRichard Telles Fine Art,Los Angeles Solo
2011Unknown Volker Bradtke,Dusseldorf Group
2010Once I Get Started Art:Concept, Paris Solo
2010Getting There, In Various Order Johann Konig, Berlin Solo
2010Nathan Hylden MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo Solo
2010Le Faux MiroirGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels Group
2010What WhereSutton Lane, London + Sutton Lane, Paris Group
2010Out of FocusGaleria Pelairus, Mallora, Spain Group
2010Bagna caudaArt:Concept, Paris Group
2010California DreaminArte Portugal 10, Portugal Group
2009Done And Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles Solo
2009Cave Painting Installment No.2Gresham's Ghost, New York Group
2009AffinitiesPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York Group
2009The Secret Life of ObjectsMidway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Group
2009Round UpRichard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles Group
2009It's you. Not meAndrew Kreps Gallery, New York Group
2009Cave PaintingPSM Gallery, Berlin Group
2009Bulletinboard BlvdPro Choice, Vienna, Austria Group
2008Still Now Again Johann Koenig, Berlin Solo
2008Le RetourNice & Fit Gallery, Berlin Group
2008One Morning I Woke Up Very EarlyOffice Baroque Gallery, Belgium Group
2008ZuordnungsproblemeJohann Konig, Berlin Group
2008Group Show Galerie Art:Concept, Paris Group
2008Amy Granat, Nathan Hylden, Meredyth SparksShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago Group
2007Again and as if to Begin Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles Solo
2007Just Something Else ArtArt Concept, Paris Solo
2007Starting to an End Misako & Rosen, Tokyo Solo
2007L.A. Desire, Part lGalerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dsseldorf Group
2007Material PhotographsShane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois Group
2007Laying Bricks Wallspace, New York Group
2007STUFF: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan Group
2007Degree Zero Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles Group
2007Where Was I, All About the Edges, Bag of Pockets The Art of Semi-Autonomy, Los Angeles Group
2007Post Rose: Artists In and Out of the Hazard Park Complex Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin Group
2007Unknown Grieder Contemporary, Zurich Group
2007Fit to PrintGagosian Gallery, New York Group
2006PacingMarc Foxx, Los Angeles Group
2006The Swan Is Very Peaceful...Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles Group
2006Under PressureArt: Concept, Paris Group
2006Pose and SculptureCasey Kaplan Gallery, New York Group
2006Preview ExhibitionMisako & Rosen, Tokyo Group
2005Autonomy Foxy Production, New York Group
2005Unknown Gallery Nomadenoase, Hamburg Group