Nathan Beard (b. Perth 1987) is a West Australian-based interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily engaged with exploring the myriad influences of his Thai-Australian cultural background to navigate the complex ways a sense of heritage and identity is negotiated. His work expands upon universal themes of homecoming, memory, mortality and nostalgia through kitsch visual language such as shrines, photographic research and found objects.
Nathan Beard (b.1987) is 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.
In 2021 Nathan will be undertaking the Australia Council residency at ACME Studios, London. In 2017 Beard was selected for the 4A Beijing Studio Program, shortlisted as a finalist for the John Stringer Prize, and Highly Commended as a finalist in the Fremantle Art Centre Print Award.
Images courtesy of the artist: Paramnesia2017 Digital print on acrylic, neon, 4-channel transformer 125cm x 85cm x 10cm and the artist (website).