Natalie joined us in 2021 combining roles as a technical art history researcher at The Hunterian and an affiliate researcher in the School of Culture and Creative Arts. Engaged on projects as part of the centenary celebrations for the artist, Joan Eardley, Natalie’s research aims to better understand Eardley’s use of non-traditional materials through detailed technical examination of paintings in the Hunterian collection.
Natalie Lawler is an independent researcher, artist, and curator. She is a recent graduate of the Technical Art History MLitt program at the University of Glasgow; her dissertation examined the materials and methods of sixteenth century Spanish royal portraiture as part of the Stirling Maxwell Spanish Paintings Project. Prior to her studies, Natalie worked as Curator of Art Collections at Chapman University (Orange, California, USA) where she directed a campus-wide exhibition for the Getty’s 2017 ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ initiative, highlighting the history and significance of Chicanx mural painting in Orange County, CA.
Natalie originally trained as a painter at California State University, Long Beach, and pursues research centered on artist’s materials, pigment history, color languages, and contemporary preservation of heritage objects. She also maintains her art practice, most recently exhibiting a self-published illustrated zine, Alabastradas, with the Center for Book Arts, New York.