Nathan Horner’s story is a fascinating journey of an American individual/Artist. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on February 6, 1967, and was raised by his Mother and Grandmother in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his two sisters. (Note: He was the only multi-racial member of his Caucasian family and has never met his African American father.) “I have overcome much adversity.” - Nathan Horner
It was apparent Nathan had a creative gift at an early age. Acknowledged by his teachers and peers as an Artist, he was inspired to further develop his talent. Through his desire to paint and draw, he received many local awards, TV, and press coverage. Influenced by Andrew Wythe, Horner’s early works were done in a Photo Realistic Neo-Folk style using Color Pencils. Broadening his horizons, he was accepted into Parsons American University Paris and New York, but Horner chose to attend United States International University in San Diego. (Note: Nathan was roommate’s with Thorsten Kaye of “All My Children” fame, and classmates with Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx who also attended U.S.I.U. School of Performing
As a result of associating with so many creative individuals, the international campus environment and the California Culture, Horner's mind expanded and encouraged his desire to experiment with new ideas. He began to paint in oils developing a style influenced by Edward Hopper, Vincent Van Gogh, and John Singer Sargent. A full-time Painting and Drawing major, Horner painted for the Drama department as a "Scenic Artist." Living in San Diego, he began to surf, and work as a graphic artist for Tony Magnusson and Mike Ternasky of H-Street Skateboards, www.h-street.com working with Artists Scott Obradavich, and Carl Hyndman. (Note: H-Street later became Plan-B Skateboards which then spawned a number of other companies. Legendary Vert Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Magnusson then created Evol and later Osiris shoes.)
Horner then returned to Virginia in the early 90s due to the illness of his grandmother, who, during this time, passed away with Nathan and his sister at her side. At this time, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA majoring in painting, drawing, and printmaking.
Horner was very prolific during this time and produced many paintings and hosted many social events while living in an old brick four-story storefront warehouse. He was happening in the underground music and art scene. Nathan did some set painting on a GWAR rockumentary movie. Working with local talent, he also developed a film project as an independent study. In 1993, Nathan was awarded elite membership in the scholastic Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of maintaining a 4.0GPA.
After his Grandmother’s death, Nathan returned to East Liverpool, Ohio, his place of birth, to stay with relatives for a while. He then returned to Richmond, Virginia where he was hired to be a supervisor travelling the United States erecting steal racks for warehouse stores. Tiring of life on the road, missing the surf, weather and a stable place to produce his art, Horner soon found himself back in San Diego.
There, he was commissioned to paint a Tree of Life mural at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. At this time, he lived in Ocean Beach where he painted his popular “OB Surfside Cottages”. Nathan loved San Diego beach communities, and resided the longest in Pacific Beach, later moving to a Loft in the East Village Downtown San Diego. During this time, he had a rebirth as a painter. Working to survive and create his art became his mantra. Ideally, he needed to find a way to free himself financially so he could become a full-time artist, this sparked his marketing campaign, which continues today. He is known for his seascapes, suburban landscapes, and architectural paintings in the AMERICAN MODERNIST tradition.
In 2001, and a couple of years after, Horner donated a painting to be auctioned off to benefit the Surfrider Foundation. The print of his oil painting of the Old Point Loma/Cabrillo Lighthouse was approved by the National Park Service and is now being sold at The Cabrillo National Monument gift shop in Point Loma.
In 2004, three of his paintings were chosen for the “The Real World: San Diego” house. The MTV reality show was filmed in
Point Loma, and all over San Diego, California and was broadcast around the world.
Horner’s prints may be found in La Jolla, and all over San Diego. You may also find his L.A. Icons postcards in choice stores in Los Angeles.
Nathan has been an active member of a number of organizations including The La Jolla Art Association and the San Diego Museum of Art Artist's Guild. He is currently a member of Hollywood Arts Council and The New York Artists' Fellowship.
In 2007, two of his paintings were published in “The Land of Sunlight”. A book by James Lightner of 100 Contemporary Southern California Fine Artists.
Horner now lives in Hollywood, California and works full-time for Imagic, a Printing, and Graphics Company in Burbank. He intends to continue being a recognized figure contributing to the culture and visual history of Southern California, Hollywood, and where lifes travels take him.
Nathan has shown and sold in LACMA: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sales and Rental Gallery. In the fall of 2005, he had an exhibit at The Hollywood ArcLight Cinemas, selling paintings to Director Wes Craven and other Film Industry Executives. You may see his original artwork in prominent galleries and collections around the world.
Nathan became the first artist from California ever invited to exhibit at The Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY the childhood home of Edward Hopper.
August 28th - October 10th 2010, 82 North Broadway, Nyack, New York.
Nathan exhibited his work in the Arclight Cinema La Jolla, Nov. 15th - Jan. 3rd, 2017, and is currently exhibiting at The Cave inside Ventura Wine Company.
Please see the Home page on the Artists website to see a list of past exhibits. www.nathanhorner.com
Horner lives in Hollywood, California and works full-time for a large format graphic printing company in Burbank. He is also a recognized Inventor. Nathan continues to be a recognized figure contributing to the culture and the visual history of Southern California, Hollywood, and wherever life's travels take him.
When I am dead and gone, the only color that will represent me will be the color on my canvases."