Mark Cazalet (b. 1964 – )
Nathaniel (asleep under the fig tree), 1993
Oil on paper
18cm x 18cm
Loaned by Trustees of the Methodist Modern Art Collection
Nathaniel (asleep under the fig tree)
Cazalet portrays Nathaniel lying down on the ground under the fig tree, prior to his calling by Philip. He is shaded by the foliage and lies apparently naked. The ground is sketched in beneath him, with the dappled shadow of the fig tree. The tree is not botanically accurate but fits the artist’s purpose in portraying the fig tree as an image of fruitfulness and consistency.
Mark Cazalet is a contemporary artist based in London and Suffolk, UK. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and then Falmouth School of Art. Immediately after graduating he was awarded the French government’s National studentship award to study in France. He studied at L’Ecole-des-Beaux-Arts Paris in the studio of Christian Boltanski. Simultaneously to this scholarship he was awarded a year at the Cite-des-Arts studio complex in the Marais. After a year back in London he went to M.S. University Baroda for an eighteen month Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship to study under Professor Fulham Mohamed Sheikh. Since his return to the UK he has held a number of residencies and in 2012 and 2013 was artist in residence twice at The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation in Connecticut, America. Mark is a Senior Member of Faculty at The Royal Drawing School and teaches at West Dean College, the Edward James Foundation, Sussex and the University of the West of England. He is a Trustee of City and Guilds London Art School.