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Victor Matthews | Contemplations & Reflections

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Chicago, IL (October 29, 2015) - KM Fine Arts is pleased to announce Contemplations & Reflections, by New York | Los Angeles artist Victor Matthews. The exhibition featuring painting and sculpture will be Matthews first exhibition in Chicago, he has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad, the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, Museum Sala Uno (Rome), the Boca Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum (Venice) and The Sculpture Center (New York). In 2013, Matthews exhibited in the 55th Venice Biennale, for which a catalog was published. Friends and collectors Salman Rushdie and Francesco Clemente wrote the introduction for this publication.

KM Fine Arts and Victor Matthews have partnered with Russell Simmons and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for this exhibition. 10% of the show’s proceeds will benefit the foundation which is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts, as well as, supporting under-represented artists with exhibition opportunities.

Matthews, a New York native with roots in Brooklyn, is a graduate of the New York’s High School of Art and Design and earned his BFA from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After completing his studies, Matthews moved back to New York in 1984 to set up his first studio in the East Village.

As artist starting his career in New York alongside artists like Keith Haring and Richard Hambleton, the influence of the first real “street art” movement on his work is palpable. Although he has been known to use the street as a canvas, he is a studio painter through and through and has instead brought the street into his canvases.

For the last decade Matthews has been creating perfectly choreographed mosaic-like paintings of whitewashed and abstracted cityscapes. His canvases, visually complex, are teeming with objects and abstracted shapes formed out of a bright white and heavy impasto paint. He probes his subconscious in order to construct his dream-like perceptions of reality, memory, and the world around us. Banal urban objects such as sneakers, hydrants and brick find their way into his Zen-like paintings. Abstracted brick walkways are topped with sneakers in profile, water towers stand like mountains and stylized pigeons sit comfortably atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Although intricate, his paintings are effortlessly serene and seem to radiate calm happiness. The two-dimensionality of his flattened cityscapes encourage the viewer to chart the cartography of the painting, allowing one to meander through the whimsical metropolis that Matthews has created for us. 

In 2015, Matthews became a part of the prestigious Credit Suisse Collection through their acquisition of his painting, as well as, completing commissioned works for Russell Simmons and Ellen DeGeneres.  Mathews work can also be found in the is work the permanent collections of the Museum Overholland (Amsterdam), the International Center for Contemporary Art (Rome), Cornell University (Ithaca NY), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), New School (New York), and Museum Nuova Icona (Venice), as well as in the private  collections of Brice & Helen Marden, Jay Z, L.A. Reid, Francesco & Alba Clemente, Vera List, Ed Norton, Mary J. Blige, Nathaniel Rothschild, Forest Whitaker, President Mogae of Botswana, Donald Trump, Ronald Perelman and Salman Rushdie, among others.

Victor Matthews | Contemplations & Reflections

Nov 14, 2015 – Jan 30, 2016