Londoner Nathan Cash-Davidson is a young painter whose work is informed by the Renaissance and takes in historic 16th-century costume. He is also a rapper, which suggests that this 30-year-old has a keen sense of the past but is utterly contemporary in his vision.

When you take a few steps closer at Nathan’s historic paintings, the period portraiture belies its seemingly traditional roots. His knowledge of Old Masters is evident but there’s a shift in perspective and a surrealist, oddball humour which gradually becomes apparent in the haphazard collage of sequences and facial expressions.

Newspaper cuttings, the Old Masters, history and sci-fi are sources of inspiration but Nathan has also cited childhood gallery visits and ghoulish outdoor play as a strong influence on his work. He writes and performs rap/poetry with a futuristic, sci-fi urban bent but his words are fused in a traditionalism that is heavily influenced by Shakespeare.

Nathan graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2007, and has shown in several London group exhibitions including the Hannah Barry Gallery – where he is represented – as well a The Mall, Saatchi Gallery and Serpentine Gallery. At age 22, he was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London (2010) and has been profiled by Dazed Digital.


Find Nathan Cash-Davidson

Studio B4L,
B4 Studios,
Bussey Building,
133 Rye Lane,
Peckham. SE15 4ST


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