"Quietly observing the chaos around me; I’m fascinated by the simplicity, yet the overall complexities of the world.
With diverse influences as Elton John and Clint Eastwood, my "Famous Faces," Spontaneous Realism series juxtapositions representational art with fluidity and vulnerability apparent in abstract expressionism. Splashes of vivid color along with dynamic brushwork fuse vigorous combinations synthesized from opaque and transparent layers enhanced into a prestige manifesto.
By reconnoiter the relentless credo of Pop-culture and the emotional reminiscence of celebrity icons from decades past. Only leaving a sense of decadence and the chance for a new understanding. As momentary derivatives become static through emergent and various practice, the keen observer is left with a subtle clue to cultures that are fading away."
- Matthew R. Paden, 2019
"To explore a genre, I believe it is fundamental artists push boundaries of what is considered the norm and delve into the curious unknown.
My abstract nude series, “Exposed” is an unapologetic exploration of the female form and an inquiry into the natural feminine beauty. It is an expression of perfection unhindered by modesty yet not overshadowed by eroticism.
With influences spanning French modernism all the way to the more contemporary pinup art, this evocative body of work is an unorthodox, aesthetic blend of sensual imagery painted in a raw, chaotic style of manipulated colors.
Here, my brush is only a starting point of a dynamic visual journey to destinations undetermined, with the colors, shapes, and textures, the pathway through which I reach said unrevealed terminus.
By design, this collection of paintings will appeal to select collectors: viewers who engage with art both emotionally and intellectually. Beholders who seek inspiration, not information; those who would rather think than have someone tell them what to think.
If you are such a keen observer, then I welcome you to “Exposed,” a sensual world of color, texture, and expression far beyond just paint on canvas."
- Matthew R. Paden, 2020