Howard Nathenson, b. 1940, Denver, Colorado, is a painter and a photographer. He received a BFA in painting from the University of Denver and an MFA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught drawing, painting, and photography at The University of California, Berkeley; California State College, Los Angeles; William Paterson University, Paterson, New Jersey; and Keane College, Newark, New Jersey.
Nathenson specializes in drawing, photography and painting. His imagery ranges from symbolic photographic realism, semi abstract compositions, to compositions that celebrate the subtle processes and formal constraints of the compositions themselves, such as illusionism contrasted with texture, black and white combined or contrasted with color, combinations of materials, and suggested imaginary narratives.
Nathenson has displayed his work in numerous states, including at exhibitions in California, New York City and New Jersey. His paintings were shown in the Whitney Annual and the “Extraordinary Images” exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Nathenson’s landscape vignette drawings were shown at Artist’s Space in New York City, and his still life black and white photograph series “Chiaroscuro” was shown at the Morris Museum, Morristown New Jersey. Nathenson was awarded a New Jersey State Fellowship for the Arts, in photography, and served on the Fellowship’s selection committee the following year. His work is in the collection of the Neuberger Museum, The Brodsky Museum at SUNY, The Bergen Museum, The University of Denver and many private and public collections.