• About Nate

    About Nate

    He pets his dog

    Nate Otto is a Chicago based artist and illustrator.

    Contact Nate directly at ottonate@gmail.com

    A video in Nate's studio



    Recent/Upcoming client work: WBEZ, Jeff Tweedy, Facebook, Basecamp, Nike, The Distance, Northwestern University, Doodl Club,





    Deconstructing the cityscape. Buildings devolve into shapes. Blocks fold in upon themselves. Building imagined cities in line form; commercial, industrial, residential — three dimensional and flat, but then the faces emerge. Iconic, reduced, backed up to the fluffy cloud sky. Styles battle for turf.

    Nate's work is inspired and influenced by art brut, abstract expressionism, graphic design, comic art, geometric abstraction, and the onslaught of imagery of that pours down on him from his perch in Chicago Illinois. Primarily known for his dense and illustrative cityscapes on panels, Nate also has been developing multiple idiosyncratic painting styles of his own for years. Nate had a career in teaching people with disabilities until the pull of art became too great and he became a full time artist and illustrator in 2012.






    The buildings in my work are inspired by the buildings in Chicago but not directly reflective of them. I’m thinking about cities; their density, the neighborhoods, the inhabitants of the buildings, and the nature of city blocks, while I’m working on the images, but they are not based on any specific places. In some pieces the buildings are reduced to shapes and they encroach from all directions in geometrical patterns, as the city can sometimes be omnipresent, and surround you at every turn. My wife and I have travelled to many cities in the past few years; New York, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul. Athens, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, and I absorb the nature of those cities and aspects of all of them, and those elements find their way into the art, but the places are imagined.

    Solo Shows:

    "Nate Otto, "You Are Here," Firecat Projects, 2016
    "Nate Otto, "Habitats and Inhabitants," Bubbler, Madison WI
    “Nate Otto: Cities, Towns, and Color Fields”
    Vertical Gallery, Chicago Feb, 2015
    “Nate Otto Works on Paper,”
    Adventureland Gallery, Aug, 2014
    Hotbox Mobile Gallery, Chicago, 2013
    Art Loop Chicago, 22 S Wabash, 2013
    Let’s Avoid the Maze, The Meadow Gallery, 2011


    Notable Group Shows:

    2016
    Holiday Group Show, Campfire Gallery, SF, Dec.
    "Sweet Spoils" Miishkooki Gallery, Oct
    "Cratedigger," Gabba Gallery, LA, Aug.
    "Drawing Never Dies" Redline, Denver, July
    "Street View" Galerie F, July
    "Nate Otto Cities" Galerie F, June
    "City Pastoral" Ian Fergusun, Heidi McDowell, Nate Otto
    Campfire Gallery. March
    You Are Beautiful, Galerie F

    2015

    I am an Orange Construction Cone,
    Open House Contemporary, April,
    Wood Metal Screw, Gabba Gallery L.A., Aug-Sept
    Button-O-Matic Artist Series, National Museum of Mexican Art,
    Chicago's Very Own, Chicago Truborn, Oct.

    2014

    You are Beautiful, Galerie F
    RedBull Canvas Cooler Chicago, Moonlight Studios
    Stolen Property at John Molloy Gallery, New York City
    Experimental Arts Exposition," Madison WI,
    Holiday group show, Vertical Gallery
    Wish List Show, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles

    2013

    Deck the Halls, Vertical Gallery, Chicago
    Art+Design, Dock6, Chicago
    Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI
    Coaster Show, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles
    Beethoven Festival, Chicago
    The Bus, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles
    Chicago Bike Winter Show, Galerie F, Chicago

    2012

    Dock 6 Design and Art Series #4,
    Bluetown Skateboards Launch, Peanut Gallery Chicago

    2011

    Don’t Eat the Snow, Happy Dog Gallery, Chicago
    Annual Art Competition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago

    Awards
    2016 Facebook Artist in Residence / Chicago, March
    2015 IAP grant from DCASE
    2013 State Street banners "Nate Otto Cityscapes"
    2013-16 Basecamp Artist in Residence
    2011 Beverly Arts Center Competition, figurative award

    Education
    B.A. Columbia College 2004

    Clients/Collectors
    Facebook
    Basecamp
    Pivotal Labs
    Nike
    WBEZ
    Doodl Club
    Kellogg School of Business
    International Arrivals
    Soho House
    Chicago Loop Alliance
    37signals
    Jason Fried
    Tony Fitzpatrick
    Jeff Tweedy
    Columbia College
    Servpac
    Simply Prose
    The Distance Podcast
    Morning Short Podcast
    Warrick Carter
    Women and Children First Bookstore
    Curbside Splendor Publishing
    Adam Seidel
    Troy Klyber
    Danny Shapiro
    Phusion Projects
    Ahotu
    Redeye Eyewear
    Atomic Arts Studio
    The Dupuis Group
    3st Design
    Capgemini
    Cureeo
    Billy Craven
    Lillstreet Art Center
    Bluetown Skateboards
    Uprise Skate shop
    Misericordia Home
    Bridge Magazine
    Final Fight Family
    Artbarcs
    Patti Gilford Fine Arts
    La Luz de Jesus Gallery
    Gabba Gallery
    Campfire Gallery
    Canvas Primer
    King Art Collective
    Chicago Truborn
    Galerie F
    Firecat Projects
    Adventureland Works on Paper
    Vertical Gallery





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