Switching over from acrylics to oils, Nate Frizzell unveils his newest collection of paintings in "‘I Should Know Who I Am By Now." The show is currently running at Lebasse Projects in Culver City through December 4, 2010.
"There are a couple things going on in this show," says Frizzell. "The first thing you’d probably notice is that just about every painting has a cold winter setting. But each painting is still about self discovery…finding out who you are and what you want to be. I’ve unmasked a lot of the characters and related them to animals in different ways. I’m trying to convey a bit more confidence in the subjects while balancing that with their cold, bare surroundings to show how fragile they still are.
"I’ve always been interested in the symbology different cultures have for all kinds of animals. But it’s a little more than that. I don’t think you need to know anything about that when you see animals in the wild or watch them on the screen. They have basic needs and wants and characteristics and you can see it in the way they look and in the way they move. People are constantly putting on masks to hide what they are really thinking or feeling. I use the animals in the paintings to show what the subject might strive to be more like or sometimes what they may want to overcome."
I caught up with Nate to ask him, "What are you going to work on next?"
"A lot of work went into the last show so I’m hoping I get a chance to take a breather and put a lil wear and tear on my Disneyland season pass," he says. "But it looks like I will be showing in the UK in the spring and there are whispers that my next LeBasse Projects show will also be over there in the fall. I still have a lot of road to cover before I get to where I want to be with my paintings, so I’ll be trying to hone those skills. And definitely look out for more sculptural elements in the future."