Slipping in and out of the familiar through abstract mark making, my paintings draw parallels between nature and human nature. Paint application ranges from thin willowy-fang-like strokes to thick juicy plumages of clustered marks. These shapes coalesce into landscape, figure, and home, eventually dissipating into abstract impressions. My hope is that viewers will encounter their inner realities by engaging the work's limbo state.    

    Within this innate reflection, I question the potential fears and inspirations, the knowns and unknowns the observers might meet in themselves. This interaction mirrors the sublime that landscape painting aspires to. My goal is to uncover the possible hidden landscapes of being human: who we are, our bodies as organic technology, and humans as spirit beings. 

Michael Nauert (b. 1988)
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

EDUCATION
2014-    
BFA (Pending), School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, (expected graduation Spring 2017)

GROUP SHOWS
2016    
-Metamorphosis, The Wilson Project, Chicago, IL
    
2015    
-Saugatuck Open Studios, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
-Art Class, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014     
-Zhou B Art Center, 10th Anniversary Show, Chicago, Illinois
-Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2014, London, England
-GEISAI #20, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS
2014-2017     
-Merit Honors Scholarship, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-SAIC Support Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015-2017    
-SAIC Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015     
-Advanced Painting Department, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-Steketee Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

2014     
-Three Juried Nominations “Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2014′′, London, England
-Finalist ”GEISAI #20′′, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

PUBLICATIONS
2016    
-New American Paintings, Issue 125, (Juror: Steven L. Bridges, assistant curator at  Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.)
    
WORKSHOPS
2015     
-“Altered States” Claire Sherman & Valerie Hegarty, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI


TRAVEL
2013    
-7 Week Jungle Plein Air, Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize