Friday, February 12, 2016

The Physicality of Paint - Paintings by Jessica Kennedy and Alexander Eulert

Viewers enjoy Jessica Kennedy's new work

On First Friday, February 5, 2016, Matrix Fine Art featured an opening reception for The Physicality of Paint - Paintings by Jessica Kennedy and Alexander Eulert. 

The show features a series of pieces by Jessica Kennedy and Alexander Eulert, process painters who investigate the abstract and organic, architectural and natural with layers that evoke a sense of the micro and macro.

Works by Alexander Eulert

Jessica Kennedy's work attracts viewers
Jessica Kennedy’s large-scale, heavily patterned and layered paintings combine oil and acrylic in fascinating ways. Jessica’s love of action, and the physicality of paint are the driving forces behind her work and the natural world is her primary source of inspiration. She considers animals, the human body, and plant life as she generates painted worlds in which a single object (her painting) attempts to embody all three simultaneously.  In this imaginative space, Jessica depicts scenes that could take place in a rainforest, a pond, a laboratory, or inside the human body. 

Jessica Kennedy poses with her work

A viewer engages Jessica's newest works on plexiglass

Jessica received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Mexico and her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. She currently lives and works in New Mexico.

More shots of Jessica's work:

Alex Eulert‘s paintings are abstract worlds—delicate and dynamic string lines of paint buzz and trickle around often-bold bands of color, evoking emotional states and natural phenomena. 

The cubical forms are suggestive of monoliths, pueblos, goldengreen fields, unearthed inlaid armor from a Homeric poem—or, at times, technology. He draws his inspiration from a lifelong fascination with man as an integral part of nature, his manipulation of it and nature’s process of reclaiming human creations with the passage of Time. Process oriented and expressionistically inclined, Eulert skillfully explores the confluence between geology and archaeology, denoting a benevolent interplay between the natural and the man made.

Alexander Eulert poses with his paintings

Alexander received a Foundation in Graphics and Illustration from Cambridge Arts and Sciences–where he was awarded the highest level of Distinction—and then moved to London to complete a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Metalwork at Camberwell. College of Arts, University of the Arts London (formerly The London Institute). 

If you missed the exhibition opening, don't worry! The show runs through February 26th.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Work and New Year's Celebration

Mauricio Ramirez (L), Jill Christian (C), Marilyn Dillard (R)
On First Friday, January 1, 2016, Matrix Fine Art hosted an exhibition opening for New - New Works by Matrix Artists, which featured an array of new pieces by existing artists, and also welcome Mauricio Ramirez to the Matrix space.

L-R: Jessica Kennedy, Matthew Lutz, Mauricio Ramirez, Jill Christian and Marilyn Dillard

Sarah Hartshorne, Laura Robbins, Laura Wacha

Carol Mell, Sarah Hartshorne

Featured artists included Carol Mell, Sarah Hartshorne, Matthew Lutz, Alexander Eulert, Laura Robbins, Laura Wacha (Local Treasure), Jill Christian, Jessica Kennedy, Mauricio Ramirez, Marilyn Dillard, Julia Lambright, Pat Berrett and Lisa Chernoff. 

Viewers enjoying new works by Laura Wacha, Julia Lambright and Pat Berrett

Matthew Lutz

Alexander Eulert, Lisa Chernoff, Jessica Kennedy, Matthew Lutz

Other shots from the opening:

To ring in the new year, we also added many new pieces to the smaller gallery!

Viewers enjoying work by Marilyn Dillard, Jacob Matteson and Susan Evans

Matthew Lutz poses with one of his pieces

Saturday, December 12, 2015

1 x 15 - One Model, Fifteen Photographers Exhibition Opening

On December 3rd, 2015, New Grounds Gallery hosted an opening reception for 1 x 15 - One Model, Fifteen Photographers. This bi-annual event is designed, curated and coordinated by local photographer Pat Berrett and it features an interesting approach to the long tradition of photographing models.

A viewer admurires Malik Daniels work

Viewers (and the model, left) enjoy the photographs 

Viewers experience the variety of pieces in the show

Matrix Fine Art was very excited to once again host this intriguing exhibition. Pat Berrett invites 15 photographers – some well established, some emerging – and asks them to collaborate with the same model to create 15 completely different sets of images. The model becomes the vehicle for the artist’s vision, but she is also the inspiration and the muse.  The challenge for the photographer is to clearly define the concept and give a starting point. The model is the perfect chameleon.

As always, the event drew a large, appreciative crowd and the model herself, Caroline Graham, was able to attend the opening.

Participating artists:
Tim Anderson
Pat Berrett
Dawn Allyn
Dennis Chamberlain
Katie Chavez
Malik Daniels
 Lincoln Draper
 Makul Gadde
Tony Giancola
Caroline Graham
Deyona Gundlach
Jennifer Hudson
Marie Maher
Peter Ogilvie
Tom Outler
David Vogel
More images from the opening:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Susan Evans - Special Mid-month Invitational

Invited guests and collectors enjoy Susan's radiant fruits

In mid-November, Susan Evans graciously hosted an exclusive, invitational event at Matrix Fine Art for her fans, collectors and friends. The evening was the perfect blend of sophistication, beautiful artwork and sparkling lights (and champagne!), all of which are well-suited to Susan's lush chiaroscuro painting technique.

Guests enjoy classy hospitality and art

Susan's paintings generated a great deal of discussion, as the perfect combination of gallery lighting and the New Mexico night illuminated the Matrix and accentuated her mastery of transparent layers.

Susan's work and personality always draw a crowd.

Susan Evans discusses several pieces with her guests

Gallery director Regina Held also spoke about Evans' work

Susan has numerous fans, followers, friends and collectors! 
Matrix Fine Art is pleased to have Susan Evans as one of our artists and we always look forward to seeing her new work. We encourage you to drop by and see her work in person during our open hours.

Susan says of her work:

"My dedication to the technique of chiaroscuro follows the spirit of the Great Enlightenment of the Northern Baroque Period of the 17th century.  I use this method to exalt reality and I make use of human visual archetypes in my choice of subject material.  I seek to impart a sublime presence to simple objects; also the use of negative space contributes to the peaceful and contemplative quality of my work.

The classic techniques and underlying forces are employed: 
– Directional shapes in the abstract design 
–  A single dominant light source to move the eye 
– Intensity of light and value in the focal area I seek to evoke an emotional response from my viewer with the dramatic single image pieces. Both exciting and meditative, these large pieces are an unflinching look at one particular form."