You either love it or you hate it. Former Coleg Gwent student and artist Nathan Wyburn loves it – and so he should. The 23-year-old is best known for his portrait work produced by spreading Marmite on toast…

Nathan recently visited current students at the college’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone to teach them about using alternatives to paint, such as sugar, chocolate or ketchup.

Inspired by everyday objects that most people take for granted, Nathan has also used snow, pen lids, soil, newspaper cut-outs and candles to produce his art. He also films the process and broadcasts the time-lapse videos on his YouTube channel.

Nathan showed A level and BTEC art students a variety of his work commissioned for big name brands such as Marmite, BIC, Costa and Hovis, as well as for charity projects.

“Coleg Gwent have always been really supportive of my work, so it’s great to speak to art students here. Hopefully it’ll inspire them to try new things,” he said.

Motivated by Nathan’s radical approach, students experimented with toast and marmite to produce an impressive mosaic of British singer songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos.

Nathan Morgan, 20 from Tredegar, said: “It’s brilliant to learn from someone successful, but also approachable and friendly. Nathan’s from our local area so we can really relate to him.”

The session was part of students’ enrichment programme, which provides extra opportunities for students to improve their skill and experience.

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