Natapart is a creative project by Melbourne based artist and designer Natalia Pelaez. who goes under the artistic pseudonym of Natapart. She uses watercolour, acrylic, mix media and digital art to create signature wall art for contemporary homes as well as unique stationery. She is known for her abstract takes on Uluru and other Australian inspired creations. She mostly uses flesh tones and earth tones to depict the colours of the land and the feminine.
Natapart is originally from Colombia. Also a professional visual designer, she plays with many ideas around the practice of design: the use of negative space, the tension created by an edge, oversized shapes, the power of contrast and framing, and clean minimalistic layouts. Her approach to art is experimental and adventurous. She enjoys the process as much as the final result. Sometimes great things come out of so called “accidents”, and as an artist she allows for this to happen and embraces it as an active part of the composition.
In my paintings, I’m interested in how a thing or place feels rather that how it looks. An essential part of my painting experience is letting my intuitive eye guide me. I’m not so interested in the details but the overall feeling and mood.
I start with a vision. I am one of those highly visual people who never forgets a face. I fill notebooks with quick sketches of all sort of mental images. Most of them are very simple, just basic shapes and layouts. Then I use varying brushstrokes and free paint application methods to create opportunities for finding my own voice, for listening to this primitive language that speaks me. I am interested in myth, stories and rituals. And in what happens when my cultural heritage meets natural Australian landmarks.