Nathaniel Mather’s Menagerie Exhibits at the Customs House Museum

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The animal themed paintings on view in the Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center encompass the playfulness of childhood drawings in bold color palettes. But upon closer inspection, one finds sophisticated textures and lines layered throughout each canvas. Artist Nathaniel Mather has created well thought-out scenarios, collaged from paint, paper, crayon, and wallpaper, with fearless abandonThere is an ease of movement through each compositions that leaves the viewer feeling like they are strolling along a sunny summer day.

The artist says of his work: “My work was influenced in the early stages of my painting career by the design genius of Motherwell and the color and texture of Klee. As I developed my own style and voice started to combine several mediums including acrylic, oil pastel, paper and ink on canvas. I start each painting with color, line and texture and allow the markings to follow their own story, rearranging, adding and subtracting, layer by layer. The process mirrors how I experience life, bit by bit, day by day adding up to something I could not have imagined in the beginning of the process. The painting process also allows me to express emotions, allows for improvisation and taps into a place I cannot arrive to any other way. That’s the gift paintings have given me and I try to share that experience with the viewer.”

The Nashville artist studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. His mixed media works have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and can be found in many corporate and private collections including Yale University Children’s Hospital, Marriott Corporation, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Warner Bros., Nashville Chamber Orchestra, University of Chicago, and Suite 28 Records.

Nathaniel is currently represented by Jules Place, Boston, MA, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minnesota, MN, and Shelton Gallery, Naples, FL & Newport, RI. Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color is on view through June 24. Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee. For more information on above event contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931-648-5780 or


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