Opening Reception: Thursday; September 5, 2019
Dates: September 5 – October 13, 2019
Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of new paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculptures, and prints by Victor Matthews commemorating the artist’s return to New York City. Inspired by the city, the Brooklyn-born painter’s singularly meditative and enticing representations of urban abstraction build new realities and remake personal histories. Simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic, Matthews’ themes of storytelling, disappointment, friendship, alchemy, synchronicity and search for self, hauntingly evoke the mythos of American fantasies.
Visually complex yet orderly, the artist’s utilization of shape works in unison in service of the overall rhythm. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Matthews worked alongside his friends and contemporaries Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Donald Baechler, Ouattara Watts and under the tutelage of lifelong mentors Francesco Clemente and Brice Martin to develop his signature style. With perfectly choreographed chaos, Matthews’ work represents a sophisticated hybrid of traditional studio painting and street art techniques. The artist’s images teem with motion, abstraction, and suggestions of hierarchy – much like life.
Victor Matthew’s has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Matthews has been invited to showcase his work at both the 48th and 55th iterations of the Venice Biennale. His paintings are found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and he counts music mogul Jay-Z, literary icon Salman Rushdie, Hollywood elites Forest Whitaker and Ellen DeGeneres, and artists Brice and Helen Martin amongst his most devoted collectors and patrons. Most recently, Matthews completed a public mural at the Los Angeles Lakers’ training facility; a callback to the artist’s street art roots.
Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists. Since its inception, Space Gallery St Barth has built up an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, and participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale. As of today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami. The gallery’s location in New York City has been open since November 2018.