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Ohio University-Eastern to feature new realist paintings by Nathan Underwood

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2005) -- New realist paintings by Nathan Underwood will be featured at the Ohio University-Eastern art gallery Oct. 17 through Nov. 10. The gallery will exhibit a collection of selected works created by the artist in the past year.

Nathan Underwood, originally from Bellaire, Ohio, and raised in Columbus, received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. He is currently finishing his masters at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Underwood feels that his recent work marks his attempt to bring his art to another level. "This higher ground is achieved both through artistic risk and consciously questioning rather than proceeding with mere intuition," Underwood said.

At the University of North Carolina, Underwood works as a photo lab assistant, helping students with the process of film development and traditional black and white photography. He also busies himself as a graphic designer creating promotional materials and acts as a mentor to students needing assistance with design concepts.

The artist has a varied background in a number of art mediums. Not only does he pursue realist paintings, but also has worked with a variety of computer generated art. He worked as a designer creating Web sites, assisting in design from the creation of a concept to the production and marketing end of the process. "I've done a lot of different kinds of painting, however my primary interest has always been representational," he said.

"I hope that the community will come see the work and make their own judgments about how the art of a young man from this area is developing," said Thomas Doepken, instructor of art and gallery director at Ohio University-Eastern.

The work of Nathan Underwood, including drawings and paintings, is displayed in numerous corporate and private collections. The artist says his current exhibition at the Eastern Campus will include both narrative and non-lyrical works. "However the subjectivity is only a vehicle for a much greater cause," Underwood stated. "The accumulation of time and decision-making hopefully reveals the human condition."

"I hope that this show doesn't feel absolutely consistent in style...considering most of these paintings were not created just for a gallery viewing. I wanted to show in the Ohio Valley for anyone who might be interested in the work. I like the idea of having a show where my roots began," he said.

When he is not painting, Underwood can be found reading about art history, planning trips to museums, or discussing art with friends. Several of his friends are actually included in this exhibition, Nick Farrel from Florida, Brian Shaw from Akron, and Chi-Kit Kwong from Hong Kong.

Ohio University Eastern is proud to show the work of an aspiring artist with ties to the Ohio Valley. "The Eastern Campus of Ohio University is excited and pleased to provide a budding artist an opportunity to exhibit his work in our art gallery. The campus has a cultural as well as an educational mission and activities such as this enable us to enrich the life of our community," said Dean Paul E. Bibbins.

Underwood's work will be showcased at the gallery Oct. 17 to Nov. 10. A reception will be held Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Media Contact: Ohio University Eastern Assistant Dean For Development Jan Chambers, (740) 699-2334 or chamberj@ohio.edu

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