Mar 07 2018

Tate Nation Demonstrates Non-traditional Oils

By Sharon Peck for The Island Connection

Bike, oil on canvas-covered wood

Tate Nation will be demonstrating at The Seabrook Island Artist Guild meeting on April 17. Nation brings an unusual style and creativity to his work.

Armed with an unorthodox arsenal of knives, dry brushes and assorted unconventional implements, Nation paints in multiple layers of acrylics on canvascovered wood panels, creating vibrant paintings that are drenched in texture. Tate’s non-traditional paintings are a lively medley of bold compositions, festive themes, and a vivid color palette influenced by Caribbean art. He paints from his imagination starting with a sketch and layering from there.

Dockside, oil on canvas-covered wood.

Nation’s works have been commissioned by the US Postal Service, Coca-Cola, Canon, United Airlines, Time-Life and Radisson hotels worldwide, among many others. His paintings and prints are held in private and public collections worldwide and have appeared in numerous national publications.

A former freelance illustrator and featured artist for the 2000 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto festival, Nation has illustrated more than a dozen books, served as Illustratorin-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art and has been awarded many honors for his illustrations. In 2016, he won the Cooper River Bridge poster contest. His poster was displayed all over the Lowcountry honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Cooper Bridge Run.

Raised in Kentucky and upstate New York, Nation received his BFA from Western Kentucky where he was a collegiate swimmer. He lives and paints in Charleston and is the father of two daughters.

See Tate Nation’s work on his web site,

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