British abstract artist Nat Bowen returns to START 2020 at Saatchi Gallery with her ‘BACK TO LIGHT’ collection. The London artist known for her vibrant, colourful resin pieces was inspired to create her latest works by our emergence from lockdown and ‘back to light’ again.
The collection of large scale works has been created using a mix of rare historic pigments, synthetic neon pigments and elements from the earth.
Bowen uses the study of Chromology, the psychology behind colour, as a way to communicate nonverbally through her work. She relates her practise to wellbeing, meditation and mental health using it as a form of therapy, enabling her to detach from technology and everyday distractions. A meditative state is resumed when applying the resin, a mindfulness the viewer is encouraged to adopt whilst observing her work. Colour can only be realised through the presence of light so Bowen intentionally works with a luminous medium to intensify the colours and enhance the physical and emotional impact on the viewer.
The centrepiece of the collection is ‘BLACK DIAMOND’, a powerful star of the show with one hundred layers of resin representing the facets of a diamond demonstrating how dark colours can be used in a positive way. The artwork is painted using 4.5 billion years old meteorite dust, amorphous carbon and graphite powder with 1000 carats of crushed genuine black diamond set in resin in the centre. It is framed in solid bronze and it will be on display with an accompanying 2.86 carat natural black diamond at the Saatchi Gallery.
The exhibition also features a wall dedicated to ‘FRAGMENTS’, a series of 49 small original pieces which are based on fragmented sections of Bowen’s large scale works.
Artworks by Bowen are in private collections worldwide and have been shown in Miami, New York, London, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Chicago and San Francisco.
Black Diamond, 2020
Resin on recycled acrylic, 150 x 150 cm £100,000
Resin on recycled acrylic, 75 x 150 cm £16,875
Resin on recycled acrylic, 150 x 150 cm £33,750
Resin on recycled acrylic, 30 x 30 cm £1,350
Resin on recycled acrylic, 120 x 120 cm £21,600
Resin on recycled acrylic, 75 x 75 cm £8,450
Resin on recycled acrylic, 100 x 100 cm £15,000