Thursday, November 25, 2010


A Perfect Friend, a series of 1930s surrealist-inspired collage works I produced in 2003, then turned into large format (76 x 56 cm) prints on fine Arches paper (edition: 3, although only a single print was produced at the time), are available at Janet Miller's Soma Gallery.

There are approximately 30 prints remaining from the prints made at the University of Nebraska Omaha, under the guidance of master printer Garry Day.

Each print is packaged with a foam core back and plastic protection wrap, ready to frame. You can order them direct from Janet Miller; many of these prints are viewable on my main web site.

Price per print: $500.

These print works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C.  A complete book of all A Perfect Friend prints should be out soon.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Recently launched, Art Works, offers a range of new works, older works, artist proofs, stamp sheets, and terribly unusual objects for sale.

New: More than 120 collage works on paper from the series Where Does It Itch?

Each piece is 125 € and includes postage anywhere in the world.

Visit the site, click here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

(Hanging) Toy Art : MUBE Brazil

My entry for this Toy Art project at MUBE in São Paulo, Brazil was not to play with it but to hang it, darn it. 

He looks like Felix the Cat and Felix is in a fix he can't get out

Background is my Flutterbys collage, 2010. The Exhibition opens in Feburary, 2010 and is curated by Angela Ferrara.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chez Gisèle

Simone de Beauvoir, 1952. Photo by Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund (1912-2000), the famed German-born French photographer lived above me for many years in Paris.

Freund photographed James Joyce at Sylvia Beach's bookstore (now Shakespeare & Company), just after the publication of Ulysses, spending a day with the author. She subsequently photographed the Parisian surrealists and literary lights of the 1930s and early 1940s.  She fled France when the Nazis invaded and headed to South America, Central America and Mexico where she met the leading writers and artists of that time including Jorge Luis Borges, José Clement Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueros and Diego Rivera among many others.

Her life is told in the photographs she made, and she made thousands of them, essentially documenting 20th century modernism and its leading lights. 

When she passed away in Paris in March 2000, many of her objects were put out on the street, among them the name cards for the slides she shot.  Around the same time the door buzzer to our building was changed and I acquired the old one, reinserting some of the subjects Freund photographed Assemblage constructed out of the former door buzzer of my apartment house in Paris. Click on the work, Chez Gisèle to see who lives on the 5th floor.

This work (Chez Gisèle) is available for purchase.  Contact for info.

Friday, November 5, 2010

YOU → ME At Yep & Youp Gallery Paris

A certain number of my YOU–>ME silkscreen prints are now available at Yep & Youp Gallery, 57 Rue Daguerre 75014 Paris.  The edition is limited to 100 with about 20 artist proofs.

Yep & Youp Gallery is a small boutique catering to children with hand made toys and furnishings.  It's a great little place, just south of Montparnasse.

The print is available from Yep & Youp for 100 euros. Click on the images to enlarge.

Also available from Keep Calm Gallery.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Amelia's Magazine : Interview

Interview by Kat Phan Amelia's Magazine (UK) on Scared But Fresh, A Book About Death and Spelling With Scissors: Amelia's Magazine.

Excerpt: Matthew’s most recent project, Scared But Fresh, is a dislocated love story exploring the sense and non-sense, which I was lucky enough to catch at Orange Dot Gallery, a lovely new exhibition space in the heart of Bloomsbury. By his own admission, Matthew is interested in ‘creating works to see them for himself’ but as a by-product of his imagination, his mesmerising creations prompt the viewer to garner thoughts of their own. ...
How old were you when you realised you wanted to be an artist?
I couldn’t have been more than six years old when my mother and aunt dragged me to The Brooklyn Museum to see Van Gogh. The lines went around the block and I couldn’t understand what the fuss was about; I was hungry, my feet hurt and being small, I was suffocating in this cloud of wool coats. Once inside the galleries, however, I caught my first glimpse of what has proven to be a very nourishing world… I stayed close to my mother and aunt for about 10 minutes but soon enough got lost (purposely) and quietly pushed my way through the crowds to get up close to Van Gogh’s brilliant colors, these vibrating landscapes – in particular, the painting he produced in the Arlesian sun, Almond Branches in Bloom (1890). It turned out to be one of the pieces he produced the year he died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. I never forgot the color and intelligence behind this painting, and I slowly began to look for this “art experience” on my own.