Quietly observing the chaos around me; I'm fascinated by the simplicity, and yet the overall complexity of the world.
With influences as diverse as Elton John, and Clint Eastwood, my "Famous Faces," series juxtapositions representational art with the fluidity, and vulnerability of abstract-expressionism.
Vivid splashes of color, along with hyper-kinetic brushwork create dynamic combinations that are synthesized from both opaque, and transparent layers debased into a prestige manifesto.
I reconnoiter the relentless credo of Pop-culture, and the emotional reminiscence of celebrity icons from decades past; leaving only a sense of decadence, and the chance of a new understanding.
As momentary derivatives become frozen through emergent, and various exercise, the viewer is left with a subtle clue to cultures that are fading away.
- Matthew R. Paden, 2019