Victor Matthews: City of Dreams | Soho


 

Victor Matthews: City of Dreams by Victor Matthews
Dates: September 5, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday; September 5, 2019 @ 6-8 p.m.

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.

artworks


Medusa of Manhattan, 2019

Victor Matthews

Medusa of Manhattan, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

28 x 18 in (71.12 x 45.72 cm)

Medusa of Manhattan II, 2019

Victor Matthews

Medusa of Manhattan II, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

24 x 30 in (60.96 x 76.20 cm)

Medusa of Manhattan III, 2019

Victor Matthews

Medusa of Manhattan III, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

24 x 30 in (60.96 x 76.20 cm)

Medusa of Manhattan IV, 2019

Victor Matthews

Medusa of Manhattan IV, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

24 x 30 in (60.96 x 76.20 cm)

Pigeons, 2019

Victor Matthews

Pigeons, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

52 x 32 in (132.08 x 81.28 cm)

Water Towers, 2019

Victor Matthews

Water Towers, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

52 x 32 in (132.08 x 81.28 cm)

A City Morning Dream, 2019

Victor Matthews

A City Morning Dream, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

52 x 32 in (132.08 x 81.28 cm)

Metropolis Mountain, 2019

Victor Matthews

Metropolis Mountain, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

24 x 18 in (60.96 x 45.72 cm)

An Uptown Downtown Day, 2019

Victor Matthews

An Uptown Downtown Day, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

52 x 32 in (132.08 x 81.28 cm)

Me Bike, Me City, 2019

Victor Matthews

Me Bike, Me City, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

40 x 60 in (101.60 x 152.40 cm)

Some Day in the City, 2019

Victor Matthews

Some Day in the City, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

50 x 126 in (127 x 320.04 cm)

Let's Take the Long Way Home I, 2019

Victor Matthews

Let's Take the Long Way Home I, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

60 x 86 in (152.40 x 218.44 cm)

A Manhattan Morning Dream, 2019

Victor Matthews

A Manhattan Morning Dream, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

50 x 50 in (127 x 127 cm)

Mountains of Manhattan, 2019

Victor Matthews

Mountains of Manhattan, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

50 x 50 in (127 x 127 cm)

Walking Home to Brooklyn, 2019

Victor Matthews

Walking Home to Brooklyn, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

41.50 x 50 in (105.41 x 127 cm)

The Outdoors, 2019

Victor Matthews

The Outdoors, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

78 x 32 in (198.12 x 81.28 cm)

Winter City Morning, 2019

Victor Matthews

Winter City Morning, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

58 x 40 in (147.32 x 101.60 cm)

One Morning in the City, 2019

Victor Matthews

One Morning in the City, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

45 x 108 in (114.30 x 274.32 cm)

Abstract Hurricane, 2019

Victor Matthews

Abstract Hurricane, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

60 x 84 in (152.40 x 213.36 cm)

We Are a City of One, 2019

Victor Matthews

We Are a City of One, 2019

Acrylic on primed raw canvas

72 x 108 in (182.88 x 274.32 cm)

Self Portrait #2, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #2, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #3, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #3, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #6, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #6, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #7, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #7, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #8, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #8, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #9, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #9, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

19.50 x 25.50 in (49.53 x 64.77 cm)

Self Portrait #10 , 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #10 , 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Self Portrait #12, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #12, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

19.50 x 25.50 in (49.53 x 64.77 cm)

Self Portrait #13, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #13, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

19.50 x 25.50 in (49.53 x 64.77 cm)

Self Portrait #14, 2019

Victor Matthews

Self Portrait #14, 2019

Acrylic and canvas collage on paper

25.50 x 19.50 in (64.77 x 49.53 cm)

Winter City Morning (2/25), 2019

Victor Matthews

Winter City Morning (2/25), 2019

Limited edition silk-screened print

37.50 x 28 in (95.25 x 71.12 cm)

City of Dreams #1, 2019

Victor Matthews

City of Dreams #1, 2019

Wood, canvas, acrylic and molding paste

77 x 48.25 x 6 in (195.58 x 122.56 x 15.24 cm)

City of Dreams #2, 2019

Victor Matthews

City of Dreams #2, 2019

Wood, canvas, acrylic and molding paste

47 x 31 x 9 in (119.38 x 78.74 x 22.86 cm)

City of Dreams #3, 2019

Victor Matthews

City of Dreams #3, 2019

Wood, canvas, acrylic and molding paste

42 x 28 x 5 in (106.68 x 71.12 x 12.70 cm)

The Metropolis Milky Way #4, 2019

The Metropolis Milky Way #4, 2019

Acrylic on arches cover paper

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

Metropolis Milky Way #5, 2019

Victor Matthews

Metropolis Milky Way #5, 2019

Acrylic on arches cover paper

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

Metropolis Milky Way #6, 2019

Victor Matthews

Metropolis Milky Way #6, 2019

Acrylic on arches cover paper

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)