John Brock Art Alcove

September and October 2021 

Our September and October artist in the John Brock Art Alcove is Nathan Heinze, an illustrator, and artist from Oldsmar. Nathan’s visceral oil paintings are thought-provoking and affecting. 

As a child in California, he would draw, draw, and draw. At the age of eight, he began studying under the late Helen Carkin, a renowned batik artist. Throughout high school, he received various awards at local fairs and venues and took art, animation, and graphic design classes at Cal State Chico. Before graduating with a degree in instructional design, he interned at Pittard Sullivan, one of Hollywood’s top broadcast graphic design houses. He helped design set pieces for TNT and NBC and storyboarded commercials for large corporate clients. During college, Nathan also worked as the in-house illustrator for York Publishing (Videomaker Magazine and more). In the years since, Nathan has continued to pursue his interest in the arts with work for clients such as Disney, the NBA, Oracle, Simon & Schuster, Cosmos-Maya Studios, Cal State Chico, and many more. He is currently contracted to illustrate four books in Applewood Publishing’s forthcoming “Dreaming of” series. Nathan works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylics, oils, and digital.

Nathan’s describes his art; “My work is highly self-expressive and reflects a deep desire to create things of beauty and interest. I use commonplace objects and creatures and represent them in a novel way or place them in a unique context as part of my goal to create art that is deep and meaningful, and that transports the viewer to the same emotional place I was at the time I created the piece. This connects me with the viewer and also connects viewers with each other. At times I make pointed social commentary with my pieces, often through the use of humor. My goal regarding every single painting I create is to produce something that is moving, thought-provoking, self-expressive, and aesthetically pleasing. My work often reflects the universal themes of loneliness and wistfulness, along with a touch of intrigue and mystery.”

For more information on Nathan and his work or to contact him, please visit his website nathanheinze.com

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If you would like to apply to have your art featured in the John Brock Art Alcove, please email art@phlib.org.