MARLEBONE JOURNAL ARTIST PROFILE: NATHLYN BAPTISTE
DANIEL BRANT OF A&D GALLERY ON NATHLYN BAPTISTE
WHO IS NATHLYN BAPTISTE?
Nathlyn studied at Maidstone Art School (part of the Kent Institute), which is known for its many celebrated alumni, including Tracey Emin, Zandra Rhodes and Tony Hart. After Maidstone, Nathlyn spent a year at L’Ecole Estienne in Paris and was determined to make fine art her career. She sought funding from The Prince’s Trust in order to set up her studio in Stratford, and was asked to participate in an exhibition of work by artists supported by the trust. At the opening evening Nathlyn sold a painting for a price high enough to repay her entire loan. She continues to support the trust and has spoken at its events for women in business. Nathlyn launched the Gibson Guitar Town project with Sir Peter Blake in 2007, and has exhibited at City Hall and extensively at BA’s Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS HER?
Nathlyn was introduced to the A&D Gallery by our mutual friend, Nick Bonham. Nick was mentoring Nathlyn for The Prince’s Trust and would bring her to meetings on the back of his motorcycle. She first showed us some of her digital work, but it was the power of her paintings that really grabbed our attention. We were not known for showing abstract art and so we introduced our customers to her work by including a few of her small pieces in group shows. We were very excited by the interest they generated.
DESCRIBE NATHLYN'S WORK.
Her unique personality and strength of character are clearly at the heart of her emotive and passionate abstract canvases. While each piece may reflect a universal theme, it is always underpinned by a personal experience. It is this autobiographical element that makes her work contemporary. While Nathlyn would be the first to acknowledge the stylistic influence of the Vorticist, Futurist and even Cubist movements, it is her honesty and commitment that defines her work.
WHAT APPEALS TO YOU MOST ABOUT HER?
I particularly admire Nathlyn’s commitment and determination. Both of these qualities made her an obvious choice for the Cultural Olympiad. Her appointment as one of the key artists of the Olympiad has brought her both new opportunities and new challenges. Her abstractions of the 2012 logo were not well received by those charged with promoting the Olympics to the corporate market. Nathlyn, as a Stratford resident with a studio that has had its vista permanently altered by the Olympic construction, will continue to portray all aspects of the event and its impact on her environment.
Public and Private Exhibitions Summary
2011 - A&D Gallery Joint Show (UK)
2010 - A&D Gallery Solo Show (UK)
2010 - Heathrow Terminal 5 Art Gallery (International)
2009 - Heathrow Terminal 5 Art Gallery (International)
2009 - BBC Film Broadcast Olympic Artist documentary
2009 - Olympic Schools Programme (UK)
2009 - Lloyds TSB Exhibitions (UK)
2008 - City Hall Solo (UK)
2008 - Lloyds TSB Exhibtions *(UK)
2007 - Gibson Guitar Town, UK
2007 - Sotheby’s Art Auction (UK)
2007 - Other, please specify City Hall (UK)
2007 - Art Santa Fe, A&D Gallery, New Mexico (USA)
2007 - Tower Bridge London (UK)
2006 - Solo Show - The Coningsby Gallery (UK)
2006 - The Summer Show - A&D Gallery London (UK)
2006 - A&D Gallery London (UK)
2006 - Solo Show Hoxton, London - The Fleapit (UK)
2005 - Well-Made 5, Stratford-London Olympics 2012 (UK)
2005 - Solo Show Bloomsbury- The London Art and Design Show (UK)
2005 - The Affordable Art Fair 2005 - The Bloxham Galleries (UK)
2005 - The Summer Show - The Bloxham Galleries (UK)
2004 - The Honourable Company of Pewter’s Christmas Fair (UK)
2004 - On The Wall, Olympia Main Hall, Earl's Court (UK)
2004 - London at your Feet, Trafalgar Square (UK)
2004 - Free Range - The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane (UK)
2003 - Well-Made 3, Stratford, London (UK)
2003 - Art Well Alberto Vila Princes Foundation (UK)