Nathan Ng Catlin

​         Brooklyn, NY


Visual Artist
Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Glass


The complexities of morality, upbringing, race, heritage, and perceived differences have always interested me. I make works depicting narratives and allegories I construct to explore human interactions, cause and effect, and ethics. Working in the realm of observational critique, my practice investigates the narratives of human conditions through everyday life interactions and relationships. Through the production of images, I question the motivations, actions, and reactions of the characters I invent. I am interested in people and the ways in which we communicate, interact, and express ourselves. I draw inspiration from the compositions and narratives of old master painters and printmakers such as Bruegel, Durer, and Goya. I work in printmaking, painting, murals, ceramics, glass tile mosaics, and stained glass.


Nathan Ng Catlin is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. A mixed-race first-generation Asian American from southern California, Catlin is interested in the complex narratives that arise from distinctions that bring people together and separate them. His work is representational and figurative, featuring human interactions that draw inspiration from classical paintings, comic books, and tattoos. Catlin received his BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and is represented by Davidson Gallery in NYC. He works in multiple mediums including printmaking, painting, ceramics, stained glass, and mosaic. Catlin is an adjunct professor in printmaking, teaching at Columbia University since 2012. He has also taught at CUNY City College, RISD, and Purchase College in the printmaking departments.