Watercolour, ink and pen on Japanese Yupo paper 76x152cm
Born March 29, 1993, Richard Nattoo was always an artist. Beginning with his very first inclination to ask why, the questions never stopped. Art would eventually become, the medium to discuss all of those unanswered questions. At the age of 4, an encounter with the Children’s show Pappy Land, would influence the young artist to begin creations of his own.
While at The Ardenne High School, he would encounter art teachers/mentors Jeniffer Goffe and Monique Barnett. Both of whom would expose Richard to the medium of paint, and to the wider world of art. This experience would forever change his perspective as an artist and as a person.
Richard currently does the majority of his work with watercolour and acrylic paints, pen and ink and most recently glass. His works concern such themes as love, heartbreak, loss and social influence. He describes his art as free and unconfined, compelling meanings that connect to the viewer in ways that echo but may never be heard.
Richard sites Bill Waterson, Tim Burton, Gabriel Moreno and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan as artistic influences. He is currently an architecture student at the University of Technology, in Kingston Jamaica.
“Exploration has always been a constant in my life, and an integral part of my art and artistic processes. I create in an attempt to capture and deconstruct the common feelings and emotions of everyday life, so that I can examine their inner workings.
At its core, my work attempts to capture the feelings and emotions I experience and translate them, into the surreal spaces that we all inhabit within ourselves. The goal is to explore feelings and emotions, on murky cerebral levels and construct the tumultuous and beautiful inner world that reside within all of us.
I call this inner world, the Silent Echo and my exhibitions have been about exploring this rich and textured place. A variety of mediums such as pen and ink, water colour and most recently glass have been employed. Each exhibition is a chapter of the journey deconstructed.”