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Artist Statement:

In 2015, I started a series of large paintings documenting my experience of identifying as a queer individual journeying out of a conservative evangelical theology. Painting this series has led to great healing and understanding of a variety of traditions and theologies in both conservative and progressive faith communities. The deep personal experiences portrayed in these paintings has also led to great connections with people inside and outside of faith communities. My husband is a Methodist Pastor "Jordan Devarie Harris” and he has been extremely helpful in providing a safe space and time to process my feelings. He's also helped me gain a better understanding of the evolution of Church theologies and biblical history. Using culture, film, books, biblical stories, and art history, this collection aims to show my experience within this complex mixing of these two seemingly opposing worlds. This is my attempt at navigating this world as a queer Christian seeking to share truth and understanding while deconstructing harmful practices for a brighter more peaceful future.

Bio:

Nathaniel Devarie was raised in Easton Pennsylvania. Graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in the Visual Art Department in 2009. Then graduated in 2013 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts "PAFA" as a painting major and sculpture minor. He remained in Philadelphia for seven years working on his art and while also working as a cashier, a florist, and as a figure modeled for art schools. He relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in 2017 and continues to paint and figure model. (The Academy of Realist Artists (ARA), Mass Art, The Museum School, Tufts University, Cambridge School of Weston, Brick Bottom sketch club, and local artist Michael Costello, photographer Robert Siegelman, and many more smaller drawing groups)


Exhibitions:

Painted large outside mural with Alexander Golob at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. March 2019

Interviewed by Danielle Monroe, Artist of Camberville (EP4) @ Daniellemonroe.com, Boston, MA. 2019

Constructed parade float for the Boston pride parade, Boston, MA. 2019

"What color… The rainbow?" At Brick Bottom Gallery, Boston, MA. May 30 - June 29, 2019

Figure modeled for The Academy of Realist Art (ARA), Figure Painting Competition, at ARA Boston, MA. June 2019

Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, MA. 2019

A sermon and painting collaboration with Jordan Harris for Ash Wednesday service at at Boston University, School of Theology and Connextion Boston, MA. April 2019

Painting: Revenant, Acrylic on canvas, 40” x 58”, 2019

Two month revolving Decor at Connextion, A reimagine faith community. From 2018 -current

"Living My Truth" solo exhibition at STH Community center, at Boston University. March 7 - May 22, 2018

“Marca X” Group exhibition, La Galeria, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts 
Boston, MA. January - February 2017

Union United Methodist Church, Exhibiting three large paintings collaborated with a sermon celebrating LGBTQ History Month’ Boston, MA. 2017

“Insider Art” Group exhibition, 128 Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. March - April 2016

“Take A Seat” Group exhibition, International Furnishings and Design Association
Philadelphia, PA. September 2016

“Endless Pattern” Solo exhibition, Architect Salon and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. July - August 31,2015

“Endless Pattern” Solo exhibition, at Paris Wine Bar, Philadelphia, PA. February 2014

“Annual Student Exhibition” Group exhibition, at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. May 2012 & 2013

“Alumni Show” Group exhibition, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem, PA. 2011

Featured in:"Being Gay and Standing with God; The Philadelphia Inquirer 2016



Upcoming events:

Somerville Open Studios, May 1-3 2020 @ 1 Powderhouse Terrace, Somerville, MA 02144

“Reimagine Faith" solo exhibition at STH Community center, at Boston University school of theology Boston, MA. May 25 - June 25

Prints available at these events and soon to be at Printful. (print on demand website).

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