Pamela Walsh Gallery is proud to present Nathan Oliveira: Muse, a small collection of figural paintings from the estate of the artist. As a key figure in American Art, Nathan Oliveira (1928 – 2010) was a persistently individualistic artist who paved his own path in defiance of the existing ideology of the time. His unshakeable dedication to the figure led him to become a prominent member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, and his legacy lives on to this day.
Oliveira revisited his life drawing practice many times throughout his career as he continued to explore the mysteries of the human body and the challenges of rendering it. These studio sessions produced fluid watercolors that spontaneously captured the poetic sensuality of the female form. This collection highlights three focused periods of time when Oliveira drew his inspiration from live models to create a body of work: Imi, Crown Point Press Nudes, and Santa Fe Nudes. It is a great pleasure to work with his son, Joe, and the Oliveira Estate to retell the story of this legendary painter and explore his many facets, one gem at a time.