Since the incorporation of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. in 2003, we have asked contemporary artists to create limited editions that we offer in exchange for donations. Revenue from these artworks allows us to continue our mission of providing an unmediated, accessible forum for artists and the general public.

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This limited-edition multiple incorporates a wooden cigar box containing one original artwork—a casein-on-paper study by Brooklyn-based painter Nat Meade—along with 14 giclée prints of similar drawings by Meade printed on an archival rag paper to approximate the feel and texture of the originals. The artworks are accompanied by a riveting personal essay by Ames Varos in the form of a small chapbook. 

Brooklyn-based Nat Meade’s richly rendered portraits of men—simultaneously heroic and ridiculous—explore and dissect masculine tropes in deeply personal ways. in His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally; recent solo shows include those at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon; the Schneider Museum, Southern Oregon University; and Honey Ramka, Brooklyn. Meade has been awarded residencies in the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program (2016–17) and the James Castle House (Summer 2020) and his work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, Juxtapoz, Maake, and Hyperallergic. He holds an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a B.F.A. from the University of Oregon. Meade attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 2009 and is currently Assistant to the Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt, where he teaches drawing and painting to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Ames Varos is finishing a memoir based on his essay for Punch. He lives in California with his wife and son.