"Planned and deliberate working methods based in traditional egg tempera technique inform my process.
I approach the landscape as if constructing a stage set, sculpting land forms and placing characters and objects with a focus on story telling. The goal is sterile beauty, the result of dominion over the environment.
My newest body of work injects the idealized agrarian landscape with ritual, reenactments, and historical characters.
For Juan de Fuca Reenactment, the two Spanish ships of Juan de Fuca's exploration of the western coast enter a small coastal residence. Recreating a landing and flag raising highlights the control imposed upon the landscape.
Geometrically exacting, rigidly built structures, be they house or tree contrast the original wilderness destination of these explorers. With nothing left to discover these inhabitants reenact history to indulge impulses left wanting." - Nathan DiPietro
Nathan DiPietro was recently included in the group exhibition Yesterday’s Tomorrow at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA, and he has participated in group shows at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA; Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; as well as in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.
His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art LTD, and The Stranger. He has been awarded financial support through a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Art 4 Culture Special Project Grant, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant.
"Natural Catastrophes": Seven painters and sculptors exhibiting regularly in Seattle and, in a few cases, nationally and internationally, have loosely coalesced into a hitherto unacknowledged group—the dystopian artists of the Natural Catastrophes School", by Matthew Kangas in art ltd.
"For his second solo show at Woodside/Braseth Gallery, former Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellow Nathan DiPietro is displaying a dozen more of his realistic tempera-on-panel paintings of nature gone awry thanks to reckless human overdevelopment", by Matthew Kangas in Preview.
"Nathan DiPietro's Show at Woodside Braseth is Huge. See it.", by Jen Graves on the Stranger slog
"The Giant SBX Radar Alien and Other Invasive Species", by Jen Graves in The Stranger
"Places That Are Real", A review by Jen Graves in The Stranger
"Nathan DiPietro Salutes Grant Wood", Another Bouncing Ball review by Regina Hackett