Abels work is primarily realistically based paintings and drawings that explore the landscape and its inhabitants. Many of his images depict a paused narrative, such as a parachutist in free fall or an encounter with a bison in the woods. He captures these suspended moments as a sense of, as Keats wrote, ‘straining at particles of light in the midst of great darkness.’
Nathan Abels has been an active member in the Denver arts scene since his arrival in 2007 from Indiana- showing in numerous solo and group shows. The Denver Post named him the “Emerging Artist of the Year” for 2009 and one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists 35 and Under” in 2011. His work was also chosen as the juror’s honorable mention by the Denver Art Museum’s director Christoph Heinrich as a part of the Foothills Art Center “Colorado Open”. His work can be found in the Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA; Fort Wayne Art Museum, Ft Wayne, IN; Martin Sanders Investments. New York, NY; First Western Trust Bank, Denver, CO; and at the Savannah College of Art and Design among others.