Bonco, aka Paul Nathan, is a visual artist living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He predominantly paints with oil on linen and sometimes makes sculpture and textiles.
Bonco explores the language of geometric abstraction, signs and symbols and is interested in discovering the spiritual, through an investigation of the modernist grid and its variations.
In this episode we discuss the varied career Bonco had in the UK and America before studying at Elam School of Fine Arts and committing to a painting practice in 2017, the metaphors he uses in his work, how he feels his work doesn't really belong in Aotearoa and his overarching determination to do some good in the world.
Mercury (Gemini) 2022 oil on linen 1000 x 1000mm
Installation of Ladder, Scott Lawrie Gallery
Lead (Leo) 2022 oil on linen 1000 x 1000mm
Count the stars - if indeed you can
Scorpio Out My Window
Crabs in the Sky 2 2022 oil on linen 1000 x 1000mm
Aries through the window 2021 oil on linen 750 x 750mm
Art Ache LED digital billboard project 2021
Impossible Step, Sidewalk Gallery Studio One Toi Tu, 2022
Red Life, 2020 Oil on canvas