Matthew Best - Crystal City Art Wall, Supernature, 2006

Matthew Best

United States

Abstract Art

Matthew Best
Matthew Best
United States
November 8, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Matthew Best is an American artist, best known for his paintings with a completely new way of depicting the body – a subject to internal and external forces.
Best earned his BFA in Painting at the University of Hartford Art School, and a MFA he received from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Burt Reynolds

Matthew Best - Burt Reynolds
Matthew Best – Burt Reynolds

Matthew Best paints, in his own words “to find desire, pain and pleasure”. One simple study of yoga was the trigger for Best’s artistic exploration. After joining the yoga, Best became increasingly aware of his body, all the experiences he has been through, both positive and negative – deepened and expanded.

The Moose Disco

Matthew Best - The Moose Disco
Matthew Best – The Moose Disco

As yoga itself aims to create a balance, to sharpen the mental focus and strengthen physically – Matthew’s paintings strive to do the same. With a great help of all five senses which have been competing for his attention, creating experiences this artist transmits to canvases – condensing moments of time onto a fixed surface.

He teaches at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut.

The artist is represented by EBK Gallery.

Matthew Best lives in Hartford.

Featured image: Matthew Best – Crystal City Art Wall, Supernature, 2006
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2012Method of ExchangePoints North, Farmington, MEGroup
2012Interface: New Work100 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, CTSolo
2012MigrationsLas Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL.Group
2012Harford Art School Alumni ExhibitionSlipe Gallery, West Hartford, CT.Group
2011The Painting ShowLas Manos Gallery, IL.Group
2011New Works on PaperLas Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL.Group
2011ContainedMills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.Group
2010RemodernistLas Manos Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Open AirNave Gallery, Somerville, MA.Group
2010Hungry? Food and ArtThe Eclipse Gallery, Algoma, WIGroup
2010The Art of Science/the Science of ArtHodgson Art Gallery at Frederick Community College, Frederick, MDGroup
2010Mid Atlantic New PaintingRidderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.Group
2010People's ChoiceArtDC Gallery, Hyattsville, MDGroup
2010Creative InquiriesGiles Gallery at Easten Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.Group
2010Monkey Mind: New Paintings by Matthew BestArtworks Studio Gallery, NorwichSolo
2009Supernature: Recent Paintings by Matthew BestArlington Arts Center, Arlington, VASolo
2009Recent Work, Ornamentation and AbstractionGreater Reston Arts CenterSolo
2009Mighty RealFisher Art Gallery, Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VASolo
2009Lineweight Exhibit of Contemporary DrawingUniversity Art Gallery, Truman State University, Kirksville, MOGroup
2008Art Crosses the Sea II: From Northern Virginia to SeoulYuhan College, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2008Quart BagCivilian Arts Projects, Washington, DCGroup
2008Arts Council @ GRACEGreater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VAGroup
2008Arlington Arts Center Resident Studio Artists Group ExhibitionArlington Arts Center, Arlington, VAGroup
2008Art Crosses the Sea: From Seoul to Northern Virginia Verizon Gallery, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VAGroup
2007art in transition continuedAlternative Space, Washington DCGroup
20071460 Wall Mountables” JulySeptember 2007. District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DCGroup
2007Recent WorkDumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington DCSolo
20061460 Wall MountablesDistrict of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DCGroup
2005Engendered SpeciesCSULB Gatov and Merlino Galleries, Long Beach, CAGroup
2005Hey, Is That A Boy Or A Girl: Artists Look At GenderWarehouse Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
20051460 Wall MountablesDistrict of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DCGroup
2005Dirty pretty things: MFA Thesis ExhibitionHerter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MASolo
2004Small WorksNorthampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MAGroup
2004HomegrownHerter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MAGroup
2004The MidWay Show Student Union Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, MAGroup
2003PerspecHerter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, MAGroup