Morton Fine Art Presents Nate Lewis Biological Tapestries and Andrei Petrov Global Migration

By Editorial Team on April 6, 2016

Fri, 08 April 2016 - Wed, 27 April 2016

Cloaked in Fratres Forever, 2016, 40"x26", sculpted paper photo print, by Nate Lewis. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Cloaked in Fratres Forever, 2016, 40″x26″, sculpted paper photo print, by Nate Lewis. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.


Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 from 6pm to 8pm


Both artists will be in attendance.

About Nate Lewis & Biological Tapestries
“Biological Tapestries is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units.

As a critical care registered nurse I desired to become emotionally porous. I sought for the impersonal experiences of patients and families to become personal and intimate. This resulted in distilling untested qualities of my character and further illuminating areas of my identity.

Through sculpting landscapes of moving textures and patterns on bodies, I attempt to make visible the unseen tensions and competing elements within the bodies that mirror the internal transformations of the patients, the individuals emotionally invested in these patients and myself.

I aim for this work to show the power of freedom within boundaries, and to question to what lengths are we willing to lay aside our pride, comfort, and fear to make room for empathy, within intimate and larger social contexts.” -Nate Lewis, 2016

Nathaniel Lewis grew up in Beaver Falls, near Pittsburgh, Pa. Born 1985, Nate benefited from the cultural mix of his Trinidad-born father who was raised in Brooklyn and his white American-born mother, raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from VCU with his BSN and has been a practicing critical care nurse for the past five years. He planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a certified nurse anesthetist.

In 2013, he started exploring the use of diagnostic electrocardiogram paper in his work, which led him to a more focused study of paper itself. He began sculpting individual sheets of white paper into 2-3d forms. He then started blending his unique approach with paper sculpture to photos. Within the first year and a half of showing his paper sculptures, he has exhibited in Washington DC, New York, Miami, and San Francisco.

Biological Tapestries – 1st Movement marks his first solo exhibition. He is represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.

Great Escape, 2016, 30"x48", oil on canvas, by Andrei Petrov. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Great Escape, 2016, 30″x48″, oil on canvas, by Andrei Petrov. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.

About Andrei Petrov & Global Migration
“The forced displacement of millions of people from war torn homelands and border crossings into unwelcome arms has inspired these painted reactions.

In this series the vast color fields show the paths of these voyages through streams or patches of creamy impasto. Within unpredictable atmospheres, traces of movement crawl across, around and through layers of opalescent layers of transparent color. The contrast in scale between the rivers of thick color and the expansive land that surrounds them symbolizes how small the masses are in respect to the immense distances traversed.” -Andrei Petrov, 2016

Based in New York City,Andrei Petrov explores memory in his organic abstract paintings. His paintings probe the distortion, incompleteness and rare moments of clarity in the shadows of memory. Each piece portrays the intrinsic struggle and selective inclusion or exclusion of details in the process of recollection. At times, sharpness occurs in the rear of the picture plane while the out of focus, obscured areas, exist in a larger scale toward the foreground and make reference to the inscrutable nature of long and short term memory.

Petrov’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in prestigious collections and can be viewed at The Four Seasons Hotel in both Washington, DC and Punta Mita, Mexico, The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago and The Conrad Hotel, Miami. His paintings have also had cameos in the following films, The Royal Tenenbaums, Autumn in New York, Kate and Leopold, The Business of Strangers and Words and Lyrics. He is the featured visual artist 2016 for Music@Menlo.

Global Migration marks Andrei Petrov’s forth consecutive solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Morton Fine Art is located at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.