Brooklyn-based artist Nat Meade returns to Froelick Gallery with his latest series of paintings: Undershadow. Continuing a thematic thread of observing certain male archetypes- those with inflated egos and affectations of style and personality which mask their actual frailties- Meade brings gravitas, humor and mastery of materials to these oil portraits on rough linen surfaces. Reducing features to simplified collections of shapes reminiscent of both monumental statuary and of Muppets, he uses these faces as vehicles for formal play, exploring the sharp triangular shadow cast by a nose, shifting tones of light playing across the curve of a neck, gradients created by tinted glasses, the texture of a cascading beard. Hot pinks, yellows, greens heighten the sense of cartoonlike unreality and of the falseness of his subject's disguises. Meticulously arrived at through the creation of multiple working studies, Meade's Undershadow paintings are both funny and unexpectedly touching- they display all of the sophistication and substance which he finds lacking in those he parodies.