Nathan Beard - West Australia
Nathan Beard is a Perth-based interdisciplinary artist who works across mediums including photography, video and sculpture. His practice is primarily concerned with the influences of culture, memory and biography, in particular through the prism of his Thai-Australian heritage. Beard’s work often includes intimate and sincere engagements with family to poignantly explore the complex ways a sense of heritage and identity is negotiated.
Beard holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art) with First Class Honours from Curtin University. His collaboration with artists Abdul Abdullah and Casey Ayres, The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, was presented at the NGV Studio for the 2012 Next Wave Festival the space between us wants to sing. Exhibitions include Transcendence, Firstdraft (2018), WA Focus, Art Gallery of Western Australia (2017), Always there and always a part, BLINDSIDE (2017), Alone and palely loitering, Firstdraft (2017), Radical Ecologies, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Ad Matres, Artereal Gallery (2015), Future Archaeology, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2015), Memento Mori, Lawrence Wilson Gallery (2014), and Obitus, Moana Project Space (2014). In 2017 Beard was shortlisted as a finalist for the John Stringer Prize, and was Highly Commended as a finalist in the Fremantle Art Centre Print Award..