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Nathan Durfee

August 28, 2023 - October 8, 2023


Nathan Durfee has garnered notoriety across the Southeast for his captivating, pop-surrealist narratives and intriguing use of color. Currently based in Charleston, South Carolina, Durfee has been heralded as the 2013 Best Local Visual Artist by Charleston City Paper in addition to receiving Communication Arts Magazine's Award of Excellence for his children’s book 'Black Music Is'. Each of Durfee’s solo gallery exhibitions has also been met with critical acclaim and sold out almost immediately. Durfee has also recently been profiled in American Art Collector, Charleston Art and Charleston Scene magazines.
Durfee continues to push himself to explore new techniques and color combinations, in addition to collaborating on works with other painters including Robert Lange, Marcus Amaker, and Charles Williams. Collaboration not only lends to each artist’s strengths, but also creates a conversation between two styles that a lone artist would not be able to demonstrate. Durfee’s constant evolution as an artist has led to a body of work that is ever growing and continues to both thrill and fascinate its viewers.

"I like to say that I take my whimsy very seriously. Although my background is in children's book illustration, I now use that aesthetic to convey the nuances and complexity of the human experience. Many of my whimsical characters are faced with tough yet universal decisions, conveying a sense of security in an unsure world to the viewer. I hope to expand on these ideas and tell larger stories in my future work."


Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (11am-4pm)