Danea Mattes portrait - Photo by John Held, Jr.

Danae Mattes/ Danae Mattes

United States 1958

Abstract Art, Painting

www.danaemattes.net

Danae Mattes
Danae Mattes
Female
United States
1958

Danae Mattes, born in 1958 in Rochester, is an American abstract painter, whose works emphasize the the figurative relationships between the earth and the body. Her pieces are a part of several public collections, including the Schlossmuseum Landeck, Landeck, Austria, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

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Danae Mattes – Fen III, 2014 (Left) / Interior III, 2014 (Right)

Education and Inspiration

Danae Mattes received her BFA from Edinboro State University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania in 1980, and her MFA from Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California in 1984. She is inspired, and that is clearly shown in her work, simply by walking through the landscapes, and the experiences that she has during those walks. The nature is observed and perceived in a unique way. The methods, materials, and techniques that are used, combined with powerful inspiration make beautiful art. The beauty comes not from the hand of the artist, but from the rigorous observation on nature’s inclination and patterning.

The beauty in Danae Mattes’ comes from the rigorous observation on nature’s inclination and patterning

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Danae Mattes – Northern Sound, 2012 (Left) / Water Strata, 2015 (Right)

Landscape in Mattes’ Art

During years, Mattes has projected the experiences that we have while physically moving through landscape into a working process. Creation of pieces becomes a need to explore the changing landscapes, and the inner self as well. It is all about the relationship between a person and a landscape, but with actually feeling and understanding the surroundings. Some of her artworks are about water, and sending the message to protect the water, as it is a source of life, and a connection between past, present, and future.

She is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Danae Mattes lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Featured image: Danae Mattes – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Wabi-SabiB. Sakata Garo Fine Art, Sacramento, CaliforniaGroup
2016Alluvial MapsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2016Indestructible WonderSan Jose Museum of Art, CaliforniaGroup
2015Transitory WaterscapesSnite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, INSolo
2015River PassageSt. Mary's College, Moraga, CASolo
2015Circum-Navigators, Christel Dillbohner & Danae MattesGraduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CAGroup
2014Water CycleKulturraum Lubeck, GermanySolo
2014Two Geologies: Danae Mattes & Stephen De StaeblerDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Hello, GoodbyeDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Under WaterUniversity Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CAGroup
2012TerrainBerkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CAGroup
2009WetlandsPalo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CaliforniaSolo
2006Soaring Spirits/Feets of ClaySchneider Art Museum, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OregonGroup
2005Bodies of ClayEvansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science, Evansville, IndianaGroup
2004Inherent ProcessesFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CaliforniaSolo
2004KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsBrunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, GermanyGroup
2004KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsGalerij Marc Van Meensel, Selem-Halen, BelgiumGroup
2004KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsSchlossmuseum Landeck, Landeck, AustriaGroup
2003Danae MattesGalerie b15, Munich, GermanySolo
2003Danae MattesSonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CaliforniaSolo
2003KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsBrunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, GermanyGroup
2003KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsGalerij Marc Van Meensel, Selem-Halen, BelgiumGroup
2003KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsSchlossmuseum Landeck, Landeck, AustriaGroup
2002KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsBrunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, GermanyGroup
2002KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsGalerij Marc Van Meensel, Selem-Halen, BelgiumGroup
2002KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsSchlossmuseum Landeck, Landeck, AustriaGroup
2001Danae Mattesb. sakata garo, Sacramento, CaliforniaSolo
2001KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsBrunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, GermanyGroup
2001KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsGalerij Marc Van Meensel, Selem-Halen, BelgiumGroup
2001KuKu Ru KuKu; A Ceramic Dialogue Between Two ContinentsSchlossmuseum Landeck, Landeck, AustriaGroup
2001UnknownCite Internationale des Arts, Paris, FranceGroup
2001WatershedBerkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CaliforniaGroup
2000Danae MattesDavis Art Center, Davis, CaliforniaSolo
2000UnknownTexas Woman’s University, Denton,TexasGroup
2000Thirteenth San Angelo National Ceramic CompetitionSan Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TexasGroup
1999DurchlassigkeitWasserturm Eutin, Eutin, GermanySolo
1999UnknownJohn Elder Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1999Unknownb. sakata garo, Sacramento, CaliforniaGroup
1999UnknownAshtabula Art Center, Ashtabula, OhioGroup
1999UnknownMendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CaliforniaGroup
1998Kunst, –Made in Schleswig–HolsteinAlte Papierfabrik, Neumunster, GermanyGroup
1997Two Person ShowArtworks Foundry, Berkeley, CaliforniaGroup
1997Recent Works in Clay & Bronze: Danae Mattes & Stephen De StaeblerSheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NevadaGroup
1996Four Person ShowGalerie Les Annees Folles, Maastricht, HollandGroup
1996Taller Huara-Huara Group ExhibitionCatholic University, Santiago, ChileGroup
1996UnknownStudio Galerie Wasserman-Gierend, Lothringen, FranceGroup
1996Ceramics in Northern CaliforniaBedford Gallery, Award, Walnut Creek, CaliforniaGroup
1995Danae MattesCity Gallery, San Jose City College, San Jose, CaliforniaSolo
1995UnknownLandesshau Schleswig–Holstein, Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, GermanyGroup
1995UnknownFirst Street Gallery, Claremont, CaliforniaGroup
1994UnknownLandesschau Schleswig–Holstein, Stadtgalerie Brunsbuttle, GermanyGroup
1994Leuchtende IdeenGaleriewerkstatt Gisela Sievers, Kiel, GermanyGroup
1994Maquette ExhibitSan Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1994Maquette ExhibitCopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1994Maquette ExhibitVal d’ Aosta, ItalyGroup
1994Maquette ExhibitBremen, GermanyGroup
1992Danae MattesGalerie am Lambertihof, Oldenburg, GermanySolo
1992Art in TechnologyContract Design Center, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1992Keramik aus Schleswig–HolsteinHolstenhalle, Neumunster, GermanyGroup
1991Danae MattesGalerie Hoch Die Tasse, Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein, GermanySolo
1991Danae MattesKunstlerhaus Lauenburg, Lauenburg/Elbe, Schleswig-Holstein, GermanySolo
1990UnknownKunstlerhaus Lauenburg, Lauenburg/Elbe, Schleswig–Holstein, GermanyGroup
1989The Clay Connection: Long Beach Ceramic ArtistsRoberts Art Gallery Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
1988Danae MattesCabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CaliforniaSolo
1988Environs-Alluvial In Nature: Danae Mattes & Oliverio QuezadaWORKS/San Jose, San Jose, CaliforniaGroup
1987Danae MattesCreative Arts Gallery, College of the Redwoods, Arcata, CaliforniaSolo
1985Danae MattesContemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OregonSolo
1984Danae MattesGallery C, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CaliforniaSolo
1984Ink and Clay, VIIICalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CaliforniaGroup
1983Danae MattesMendocino Art Center Gallery, Mendocino, CaliforniaSolo
1980UnknownNCECA, National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1977Local Clay DepositsErie Art Center, Erie, PennsylvaniaGroup