Matthew David Smith’s work focuses on the city and the man made, encompassing areas from design and architecture to the Internet. He’s interested in how the visual stimuli of these subjects can collide to create new simple form. feeling an affinity with the colour field painters of the 50s he has twisted it to hold the essence of our visual urban world.
Along with ideas of popular culture Matthew is also interested in how the mass-produced can be transformed into a unique object. These often computer generated forms insist on the removal of the gesture. By animating them into formal painting introduces expression. In addition to this, by recreating mass-produced repetition by hand he is technically destined to fail. The handmade removes perfection.
There is the element of time in Matthew’s work through the process of adding and removing. This element in his paintings also reflects the constantly juxtaposition of the city, rising and then crashing back down again, the new and the old. Thank you Matthew for sharing your bold, impactful art with us. (more…)
I was delighted to be invited to the private view of the incredible artist Romero Britto at Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street. A colourful and inspirational exhibition that was fun and impactful. Britto is an artist that draws a smile and generates happiness, he is an incredible artist and a larger than life personality. Read his interview below which is a pleasure to publish.
Internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of hope and happiness, reflecting his optimistic faith in the world around him. Born in Recife, Brazil in 1963, Britto lived an extremely modest lifestyle while growing up amongst eight brothers and sisters. However, his innate creativity allowed Britto to fill his life with images of a bigger and more beautiful world beyond his own. Self-taught at an early age, he painted what he saw and what he imagined on surfaces such as newspapers, cardboard or any scraps that he could find. With an inordinate passion to excel, he prospered academically. Still, Britto’s artistic nature eventually led him to seek experiences outside the classroom. In 1983, Britto traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. After exhibiting in a few galleries and private shows, Britto was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing. Britto moved to Miami and set up a studio open to the public. With an unshakable resolve and belief in his art, Britto spent the next few years exhibiting and attracting the attention of many. (more…)
Daniel Acosta was born on November 17, 1969 in Tucumán, Argentina. He was educated at the National University of Fine Arts Tucuman, Argentina where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. He has a varied work experience which includes teaching drawing, painting and art history, illustration and being a professional artist. He has exhibited his works in several salons and National Competitions. Daniel has works in private collections in several countries, including; Uruguay, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France and Italy.