Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau

Photographer and mixed media artist Natalie Shau takes inspiration from fashion, jewellery and nature to create intricate pieces of portraiture. Based in Lithuania, Natalie has worked on a wide range of projects, from fashion photography to advertisements and even a stint working as an art director for a short movie. Natalie’s debut collection with Castle Galleries draws on her three biggest inspirations; nature, jewellery and fashion. She says: “I love creating mysterious ghostly portraits, and previously I created a set of portraits that were inspired by forces and elements of nature: storm, snow, ice. Nature plays big part in my work: flowers, skies, wind, animals and insects… all can be always found in my illustrations. My other passion is antique jewellery. Victorian or Art Deco designs always keep me in awe. And my third biggest inspiration is fashion – from modern to historical costumes, including head pieces and wigs. In this collection I just had to combine all my three inspirations in one art piece.” Her new collection is inspired by gemstones, rare products of nature which have inspired philosophers and mystics for centuries. Each of the pieces represents a different precious gemstone. Natalie explains: “To create such portraiture I need to take dozens of photographs to capture movement and how light reflects on the hair. The background has to be darker or lighter to create a nice contrast with the specific hair colour that I chose. Then I combine all the photographs and create the hair halo using both photos and digital brushes. Only after that do I work on the head of a character, all small jewels and details.”