In these paintings, I’ve used inlaid, painted, faux frames surrounding a central image to further draw attention to the artifice of that image. The contradictory relationships of structure and ornament, indulgence and transcendence, mysticism, and artifice are all themes inherent in the history and practice of painting. That relationship is the subject of my work.
I’m a representational painter, but I don’t think about my paintings representationally. What I mean by that is that I don’t care very much about describing the subject matter beyond its most obvious visual qualities (what color is it, what shape is it, how does the light fall on it).View all of Matt's posts.