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Rob Matthews
updated: 08/09/2012
website: www.matthewstheyounger.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
The Artist's Cousin (Jeremy)
The Artist's Grandfather (Ray)
The Artist's Wife (Tracy)
The Artist's Cousin (Jenny)
The Artist's Cousin (Dan)
Rebecca
Steve
Self-Portrait with Nosebleed
Tree Study 3
Felix Culpa (The Sleeping Drunk)
Felix Culpa (Memorial)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  spiritual, autobiographical, figurative, humor, historical, narrative, violence, social criticism, landscape, portraiture
 
 
Untitled by Rob Matthews
Untitled
colored pencil and ink on paper
2012
13" x  10" 
Untitled by Rob Matthews
Untitled
colored pencil and ink on paper
2012
13" x  10" 
Untitled by Rob Matthews
Untitled
colored pencil and ink on paper
2012
13" x  10" 
Untitled by Rob Matthews
Untitled
colored pencil and ink on paper
2012
13" x  10" 
The Artist's Cousin (Jeremy) by Rob Matthews
The Artist's Cousin (Jeremy)
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
The Artist's Grandfather (Ray) by Rob Matthews
The Artist's Grandfather (Ray)
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
The Artist's Wife (Tracy) by Rob Matthews
The Artist's Wife (Tracy)
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
The Artist's Cousin (Jenny) by Rob Matthews
The Artist's Cousin (Jenny)
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
The Artist's Cousin (Dan) by Rob Matthews
The Artist's Cousin (Dan)
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
Rebecca by Rob Matthews
Rebecca
graphite on paper
2008
9" x  9" 
Steve by Rob Matthews
Steve
graphite on paper
2007
9" x  9" 
Self-Portrait with Nosebleed by Rob Matthews
Self-Portrait with Nosebleed
graphite on paper
2009
9" x  9" 
Tree Study 3 by Rob Matthews
Tree Study 3
graphite on paper
2009
11 " x  9 " 
Felix Culpa (The Sleeping Drunk) by Rob Matthews
Felix Culpa (The Sleeping Drunk)
graphite on paper
2008
11" x  9" 
Felix Culpa (Memorial) by Rob Matthews
Felix Culpa (Memorial)
graphite on paper
2008
11" x  9" 

Artist Statement

    Faith is at the heart of my work.  Faith requires no proof.  I inject humor and melodrama into the work because absurdity can be a more powerful tool than traditional emotion when used properly.  As a result, artistic influences for my drawings range in medium (film noir, Southern gothic literature, Goya etchings, Appalachian folk) but share a common thread of black comedy.          

     Whereas the unexplained is the impetus of my work, traditional and somewhat rudimentary formal techniques are used to elevate these ideas beyond mere concept and into a piece that is as true to its medium as it is to its theme.  My medium of choice is drawing, even further limited to achromatic inks, silverpoint and pencil on paper.  The drawings grow from an initial idea and sketches into a final drawing that I consider just as much a finished work of art as any painting, sculpture, or video. 

Artist Bio / CV
Rob Matthews 

Born: Wilson, NC in 1974

Lives: Philadelphia, PA since 1999

 

Education: 

 

Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA- Painting and Printmaking

University of Tennessee- Knoxville, BFA- Painting  


SOLO/NOTABLE EXHIBITIONS:

 

2012

The MIddle Ground Vanished, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, NYC

Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC 

Golden Beams of a Laughing Sun (with Matthew Fisher), Twist Art Gallery, Nashville TN 

 

2010 

It Fills Us, We Arrange It, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

 

2008  

Kindred,  Daniel Cooney Fine Art, NYC

          --Victor Small House, Clinton, NC


2007 

Knoxville Girl, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    --Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

    --Sarah Moody Gallery, University of Alabama

    --Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 

2012

Please Come Again: Locating Sincerity in Art, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

Art at Church: Works by the Artists of Olivet Studios, Second Space Arts, Philadelphia 

 2011

 Southern Cross, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia PA

Selected Drawings from the Allen G. Thomas Jr Collection, Virgina Thompson Graves Gallery, Barton College, Wilson, NC

Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Project Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2010

The Pencil of Nature, Julie Saul Gallery, NYC

Still Life, Margarete Roeder Gallery, NYC

 Prints, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA 

 

Public Collections:

Philadelphia Museum of Art- Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art- Philadelphia, PA

North Carolina Museum of Art- Raleigh,NC

de Young Museum - San Francisco, CA

 

For more information and a more complete exhibition history prior to 2010, please download the resume here:

 

http://www.matthewstheyounger.com/resume/