Photo: Brad Ogbonna

Photo: Brad Ogbonna

Drawing on traditions of twentieth century formalism and hard-edge abstraction, Nate Ethier’s flamboyant geometric abstractions celebrate both the bucolic and the post-industrial world. The exchange of interchangeable modular structures through synchronicity and symmetry is the bedrock of the work, while rock and roll, the rolling surf, and poetry whisper in the background. Creating compositions that allow for the optical emphasis to alternate and reverberate with unequivocal intensity and grace, the mechanics of Ethier’s paintings function as perpetual, philosophical, and visual motion machines.




Born 1977, Providence, Rhode Island

2004 MFA Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2000 BA Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Representation: LMAKgallery, New York, NY.

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Solo Exhibitions




Wilderness, LMAKgallery, New York, NY 




Speak About The Ocean, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Two/Three Person and Group Exhibitions




Vagary of the Abstract: Rachel Beach, Lisa Beck, Nate Ethier, and Dan Walsh., LMAKgallery, New York, NY


Caroline Wells Chandler, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, and Nate Ethier (three person booth with LMAKgallery), Este Arte, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay




On Paper, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY


Solar Vortex , Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Papered Stories, LMAKgallery, New York, NY


SMALL WORK: MORE or LESS, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY




Checkered History: the Grid in Art and Life, curated by David Weinstein & Ruth Kahn, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY


To The Edge: Jaqueline Cedar & Nate Ethier, Morris-Warren Gallery, New York, NY


Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Open Studios, DUMBO Brooklyn, NY


Polysolaris, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


20 x 16, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY


Pulled, C2C, San Francisco, CA




NurtureART Benefit (invitational), The Boiler/Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Beyond Measure, SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT


20 x 16, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Convergence: Boston University Alumni, 808 Gallery, Boston MA




Sluice Art Fair, Parallel Art Space, London, England


NurtureART Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY


All-over or nothing, Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, NY


Endless Summer, Curated by Gary Petersen, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY


Phaedo, Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY


Overlap, Bennington Arts Center, Bennington, VT


Paper Mirror Torn, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY


Rituals of Exhibition II, H Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand




X-centric, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Resonant Frequencies: Roger Chamieh, Peter Edwards, and Nate Ethier, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA


Treasure Maps: Nate Ethier and Julie Shapiro, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI


Grid List- Detroit, Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


Grid List- New York, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY


NurtureART Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY




2017 Visiting Artist, Pratt Institute


2014-2015 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award (formerly the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program)


2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee


2011 Vermont Studio Center Visual Artist Grant




2014-2015 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program


2011 Vermont Studio Center


Selected Bibliography

Jason Stopa, "Nate Ethier: Wilderness", Brooklyn Rail, March, 2018

Cate McQuaide, "Convergence: School of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition", Boston Globe, 12/02/2014

Patrick Neal, “The Many Faces of Abstraction”, Hyperallergic, 7/9/2013

“Age and Ageism: The Decisive Eye of Fellow Artists”, NY Arts Magazine, Summer 2013

Bill Van Siclen, “Nate Ethier: Patterns, Optical Effects Make for Eye Teasing Art”, Providence Journal, 3/1/2012