Nathan completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Tasmania in 2006, being placed on the Deans role for excellence in 2007. Between 2001 and 2005 Nathan worked within the gallery sector gaining first hand experience of arts business management as well as exhibition administration. More recently Nathan has been teaching painting at the University of Tasmania, practicing as a full time artist since 2005.
Since his first major solo exhibition in 2003, Nathan has habitually participated within multiple facets of the national arts scene. This includes, numerous group and solo exhibitions, art prizes, artist talks, grants, private commissions and publications. Recently, Nathan has been included in two international exhibitions in Berlin.
Nathan returned to University in 2013 achieving a first class honours in studio research, which has lead to being offered a place in the University of Tasmania Higher Degree Research Program (PhD), along with an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2015.
Notable grants include both individual and industry grants from Arts Tasmania, which assisted with project development and exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2004. In 2006, Nathan was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, which funded a personally directed overseas research project. This research then translated into three separate solo exhibitions, including being part of the Linden; Centre for Contemporary Art innovators program in 2008. Notable commissions include a portrait of His Excellency The Honourable Peter Underwood, former Governor of Tasmania and his wife, Mrs Underwood.
Alongside winning the Eutick Still Life Award in 2012, Nathan has been a finalist in numerous national prizes hosted and curated by important regional galleries, including Geelong Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery and the Perth Centre for Photography.
Nathan has also given various educational artist talks, including to primary, high school, college and university students, as well as professional artists talks within the gallery sector. In collaboration with Michael Raid Sydney in 2012, a 200-page artist monograph was published detailing ten years of Nathan’s arts practice, which is currently held by numerous libraries across Tasmania.