Monday, June 13, 2011

Tight Projects - Matthew Allen









From the first time I saw one of Matthew’s painting I sensed the beginning of a beautiful relationship between him and minimal abstract expressionism... Monochrome paintings, no composition, reminds me a little of Reinhardt’s black paintings, the dullness and richness of one colour...

This suite of 4 paintings is sumptuous in colour, mesmerizing in it’s application and makes us believe that our lives are so controlled by composition that when someone comes along with ‘no compostion’ it becomes a relief, like someone turning on the light!!!

‘Blue over Red’, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, putting these 2 colours together should make your eyes go funny, but not like this, even though blue and red are at opposite ends of the colour wheel Matthew has bought these 2 colours to their knees...

‘Grey and Red over Grey’, 2006, acrylic and oil on canvas, moody and bereft...

‘Green over Blue’, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, the beginning of the end...

‘Green over Blue’, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas, is my favourite of the suite, it’s still moody but the colours are like a refreshing swim in the ocean...

Congratulations again Matthew for now being part of the Sullivan and Strumpf stable, hope you go on to have a magnificent career...

And it was a sheer delight to meet Matthew’s lovely mum Lynn, we talked for ages as if we’d known each other all our lives...

Written by Fleur

7th June - 24th June 2011
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