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.
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.
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.
Featured image: Matthew Best – Crystal City Art Wall, Supernature, 2006
All images copyright © the artist
|2012||Method of Exchange||Points North, Farmington, ME||Group|
|2012||Interface: New Work||100 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, CT||Solo|
|2012||Migrations||Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL.||Group|
|2012||Harford Art School Alumni Exhibition||Slipe Gallery, West Hartford, CT.||Group|
|2011||The Painting Show||Las Manos Gallery, IL.||Group|
|2011||New Works on Paper||Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL.||Group|
|2011||Contained||Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.||Group|
|2010||Remodernist||Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2010||Open Air||Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA.||Group|
|2010||Hungry? Food and Art||The Eclipse Gallery, Algoma, WI||Group|
|2010||The Art of Science/the Science of Art||Hodgson Art Gallery at Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD||Group|
|2010||Mid Atlantic New Painting||Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.||Group|
|2010||People's Choice||ArtDC Gallery, Hyattsville, MD||Group|
|2010||Creative Inquiries||Giles Gallery at Easten Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.||Group|
|2010||Monkey Mind: New Paintings by Matthew Best||Artworks Studio Gallery, Norwich||Solo|
|2009||Supernature: Recent Paintings by Matthew Best||Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA||Solo|
|2009||Recent Work, Ornamentation and Abstraction||Greater Reston Arts Center||Solo|
|2009||Mighty Real||Fisher Art Gallery, Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA||Solo|
|2009||Lineweight Exhibit of Contemporary Drawing||University Art Gallery, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO||Group|
|2008||Art Crosses the Sea II: From Northern Virginia to Seoul||Yuhan College, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2008||Quart Bag||Civilian Arts Projects, Washington, DC||Group|
|2008||Arts Council @ GRACE||Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA||Group|
|2008||Arlington Arts Center Resident Studio Artists Group Exhibition||Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA||Group|
|2008||Art Crosses the Sea: From Seoul to Northern Virginia||Verizon Gallery, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale, VA||Group|
|2007||art in transition continued||Alternative Space, Washington DC||Group|
|2007||1460 Wall Mountables” July||September 2007. District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DC||Group|
|2007||Recent Work||Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington DC||Solo|
|2006||1460 Wall Mountables||District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DC||Group|
|2005||Engendered Species||CSULB Gatov and Merlino Galleries, Long Beach, CA||Group|
|2005||Hey, Is That A Boy Or A Girl: Artists Look At Gender||Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC||Group|
|2005||1460 Wall Mountables||District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC||Group|
|2005||Dirty pretty things: MFA Thesis Exhibition||Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA||Solo|
|2004||Small Works||Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA||Group|
|2004||Homegrown||Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA||Group|
|2004||The MidWay Show||Student Union Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, MA||Group|
|2003||Perspec||Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, MA||Group|