Today, London-born Nathan talks to us about honing his creativity at Central Saint Martins School of Art and going on to take risks in order to share his art with people in cities around the world. Nathan has carved a successful career out of making our streets more vibrant and decorative with his dynamic style.
Nathan, tell us a little bit about what you do and how you started out.
I'm a London street artist that uses the streets as a gallery, making art on old walls and building sites across London and worldwide. I keep my art authentic, traditional and versatile using large ink pens and acrylic paints as my main medium. I first started painting on train tracks then realized there was no future in it for me. I joined Central Saint Martins School of Art and became a street artist after I graduated.
Street art can often be faced with controversy. What do you say to people that might consider this vandalism?
I would say to the people to expand their minds and to look beyond the idea of vandalism, just to see the art for what it is, like its beauty and nature, the fact that this art was made fromm another person, people shouldn't be so critical.
Where is the riskiest place you’ve done artwork, have you had any close brushes with the police?
The most risky spot was in the City by Thameslink station and yes I have had a fair share of police problems. Lol!
You’ve been all over the world with your street art such as Valencia, Luxembourg and all the way to Cambodia and the Philippines. Where would be your dream place to make your mark?
My dream place to make art on the side of a large building, may it be a ten storey flat or skyscraper, preferably somewhere hot. Not sure where!
What inspires your street art, is it related to the place or completely random?
It’s mainly related to the place/environment, I like to use life as influence, absorb what I see, hear, feel and then transform that energy into art.
Your designs are incredibly dynamic and sometimes have a complex look. Do you practice your street art first or does it just happen as and when you find a spot?
It just happens when I find a spot.
To see more of Nathan's work, visit: http://www.nathanbowenart.com/