THE SURREAL LIFE: Richard Nattoo wasn’t your average four year old. As he recalls, that’s when his journey as an artist began – a trajectory that’s taken him from pen and ink to lush watercolor, glass and archival paper and the various media in between. In short, when it comes to artistic expression for Nattoo the options are endless. “Growing up I used art as a way to vent about whatever was going around me,” explains the 22-year-old St. Catherine native, who says he finds fulfillment in provocatively tackling the issues and ideas that capture his gaze. (Consider his “Lost in the Odyssey” and “Immersed”, both featured in the 2015 Young Talent showcase at the National Gallery.) “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 in everyday life,’ says the University of Technology undergrad, who is pursuing a BA in Architectural Studies. Like Gilpin, he relishes any and every opportunity to forge a real connection with his audiences. Says Nattoo, “With my work I want to capture the feelings I experience and translate them into the kinds of surreal spaces that we all inhabit within ourselves.”
> The 2015 Young Talent show is on view at the National Gallery, Downtown Kingston, from Aug. 30 through Nov. 14.