Nate Geare was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Napa Valley. He graduated from UCLA with a BFA in 2008. He currently makes oil paintings on large wood panels along with smaller scale collages. His large oil paintings are made using palate knives and paint soaked rags as opposed to brushes, giving them a rougher feel and creating a unique texture.
The subject matter of Geare’s paintings currently embodies the great American countryside. He is drawn to foreground imagery of cows, barns, and trains with loose abstract backgrounds. His paintings fall somewhere within the realm of what he most accurately describes as “Contemporary Art Americana; a good ‘ol slice of American Pie!”
In an effort to eliminate the stark, blank surface of a new canvas, Geare uses color fields, drips and paint splashes, to activate what will become the background of the composition. Whether its portraits of cows, landscapes of trains and barns, or mixed media collage, Nate Geare’s work uses this activated surface as a starting point to layer a more structured foreground.
Drawing from such movements as the Industrial Revolution, Dorthea Lang and The Great Depression, Eduard Monet and the impressionists of the late 19th century, as well as abstract expressionism of the1950s, Geare seeks to create a relevant contemporary painting through the hybridization of these previous movements.
Geare owned, managed, and curated the Renegade Gallery in Palm Springs from 2010-2012. Back in the Bay Area, his work can currently be seen at Fume Bistro in Napa and will be featured at Walt Wines in Sonoma beginning January 2015.