NAT BOWEN is a leading British abstract resin artist living and working in London.
Recognised globally for her powerful abstract resin art, Bowen uses the study of Chromology, the psychology behind colour, as the foundation of her art incorporating this knowledge into her work as a way to communicate nonverbally through colour. Glossy orbs of pigmented resin are painted in layers onto a recycled acrylic canvas with the viscous medium giving a three-dimensional aspect to the work. The lustrous artworks adapt according to the light, reflecting and absorbing the surroundings with the work becoming a part of the space it inhabits.
A meditative state is resumed when applying the resin with the act being a slow and mindful process which draws her into the now. The viewer is encouraged to adopt the same mindful, meditative state whilst observing her work, taking the time to be present and allowing the colour and form to have an impact on the mind and body. Colour, as a property of light, has the power to alter or transform ones’ mental state, and it is through this realisation that Bowen has built her strong relationship with colour, one that is already so embedded in us as humans. Colour can only be realised through the presence of light so by choosing to work with such a luminous medium, the colours in the works are enriched and the experience intensified.
Bowen returns to the Saatchi Gallery this autumn with her ‘Back To Light’ collection. Known for her vibrant resin pieces, she was inspired to create her latest works by our emergence from lockdown and ‘back to light’ again. The collection uses a mix of rare historic pigments, neon pigments and elements from the earth. The centrepiece of the collection is ‘Black Diamond’, an artwork with one hundred layers of resin representing the facets of a diamond painted using 4.5 billion years old meteorite dust, amorphous carbon and graphite with 1000 carats of crushed genuine black diamond set in the centre.
Main Image (above): Nat Bowen, Saatchi Gallery, 2019