Matthew Langley

United States 1963

Abstract Art

Matthew Langley
Matthew Langley
United States
January 21, 2016
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Matthew Langley is an American contemporary artist born in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1963. He is well known for his abstract paintings.

Art by Matthew Langley

Matthew Langley - Sargasso Sea, 2015 - Surf's Up, 2015
Matthew Langley – Sargasso Sea, 2015 / Surf’s Up, 2015

He studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, and received his BFA from Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, in 1985. Titles of the pieces are almost as important as the paintings themselves, for their purpose is to forge connections between the viewers and artworks. The idea is to prepare the viewers and open them to thoughts that could somewhat influence the understanding of the paintings. Inspiration goes from Color Field paining and the works of Morris Louis and Gene Davis, abstraction of Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, to physical paint-handling of Gerhard Richter. After all the years of being an artist, everyday life is almost enough to drive his work forward.

Art by Matthew Langley

Matthew Langley - Dead Roads, 2015 - Cold Light, 2015 - Miami Kilos, 2015
Matthew Langley – Dead Roads, 2015 / Cold Light, 2015 / Miami Kilos, 2015

Langley uses drywall taping knives to create powerful underpainting, which always end up covered with more elegant, but lesser expressive layer. Recently, he is interested in the balance between colors and processes, mark makings and fields, scales and relationships, between what is planned and what is improvised. Because of that, the artist is able to create pieces which are interesting on both intellectual and visual level.
His works are included in several public collections, e.g. Ernst and Young, The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, the Doris Patz Collection at University of Maryland University College, PNC Bank University of Baltimore, and many more.

Art by Matthew Langley

Matthew Langley - Light Command, 2015 - Inflight, 2015
Matthew Langley – Light Command, 2015 / Inflight, 2015

He is represented by IdeelArt gallery in London, UK.

Matthew Langley lives and works in New York, USA.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The New PaintingsBlank Space, New York, NYSolo
2015These Go To Eleven: Small Works Group ExhibitionArtists and Makers, Bethesda, MDGroup
2015The Summer ShowDM Contemporary, New YorkGroup
2015Art Miami, New YorkBlank Space, NY, NY Group
2015Full SpectrumSusan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DCGroup
2015A Few Conversations About ColorDM Contemporary, New YorkGroup
2014Looking In: New PaintingsAxom Gallery, Rochester, NYSolo
2014FictionNeon Heater, Finlay, OHGroup
2014g/s (grams per second)No Future Projects, Dayton, OhioGroup
2014Summer ExhibitionBlank Space, NY, NYGroup
2013Place and ProcessSusan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DCSolo
2013The 25 ProjectDistrict of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DCGroup
2013SketchbookSchool 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MDGroup
2013Back to MineNeon Heater, Finlay OHGroup
2013Right and Other AnglesSoftSpot, online at: http://www.soft-spot.netGroup
2012AtlasBlank Space, NY, NYSolo
2012ArcadesWarm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VASolo
2012The Expanded FieldDelaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MDSolo
2012STROKE: Gesture, Mark, Muscle.School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MDGroup
2012Summer ExhibitionBlank Space, NY, NYGroup
2012Affordable Fine Art for Young CollectorsSusan Calloway Gallery, Washington DC.Group
2012As Far As The Eye Can SeeAdam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VAGroup
2011Atmospheres & Imaginary SoundtracksSusan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DCSolo
2011Life Of The World To Come: Darkness Falls Upon UsNIAD Art Center, CA, Richmond, CAGroup
2011Material WorldArt DC, Hyattsville, MDGroup
2011New Year, New Work, New FacesStorefront, Brooklyn NYGroup
2011Beyond MeasureC2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2011FactionUniversity of Dayton, Dayton, OHGroup
2011Printed, Painted, PressedC2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2010Matthew Langley / Heejo KimBlank Space, NY, NYSolo
2010Color AutonomyUniversity of Maryland University CollegeSolo
2010Angel Dust : Matthew Langley + Douglas WitmerNo Future Projects, Dayton OhioSolo
2010Blank Space Pop Up GalleryBlank Space, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2010Six Months Twelve Artists: PaintingsSusan Maasch Fine Art, Portland MEGroup
2010Informal RelationsIndianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis INGroup
2009Simple, Difficult.University of Baltimore, Baltimore MDSolo
2009Business EditionPocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009Touch FaithSemantics, Cincinnati OHGroup
200912 Angry WomenThe Soundry, Vienna, VAGroup
2009Art-0-maticWashington DCGroup
2009Avant FairfaxTown Hall Gallery, Fairfax, VAGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectArt House Gallery, Atlanta, GAGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectMuseum of Contempory Art DC, Washington DCGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectLaconia Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectAntena Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectSoulard Art Market, St. Louis, MOGroup
2009The Sketchbook Project3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectMuseum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, GAGroup
2009The Sketchbook ProjectChicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Paintings + PaperworksDCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), Washington DCSolo
2008New PaperworksGreen Line Projects, Philadelphia PASolo
2008Art-0-maticWashington DCGroup
2007White on WhiteFort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth TXGroup
2007Twelve By TwelveChop Suey, Richmond, VAGroup
2007Art-0-maticCrystal City, VAGroup
2006Hon Fest / After HoursSmith Content, Baltimore MDGroup
2006MOCA DC at 15MOCA DC, Washington DCGroup
2006Close to SolitudeCurrent Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
2005Frederick 19th Annual Photographic CompetitionMary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery, Frederick MDGroup
20051460 Wall MountablesDCAC, Washington DCGroup
2005Twelve By TwelveADA Gallery, Richmond VAGroup
2005MMASFlorida International University, Miami FLGroup
2005After HoursSmith Content, Baltimore MDGroup
2003The Future That Wasn’tCommon Grounds, Arlington VAGroup
1995New PaintingsKramerbooks, Washington DCSolo
1995Hemicycle ExhibitionCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DCGroup
1995SummerFoundry Gallery, Washington DCGroup
1995Summer PaintingsEclipse Art Center, Arlington VAGroup
1995WPA Salon / Open StudiosWashington Project for the Arts, Washington DCGroup
1995PaperThe Athenaeum, Alexandria VAGroup
1994New PaperworksGO! Gallery, Arlington VASolo
1993Channel Surfing and Blueprints (Drawings, 1993)GO! Gallery, Arlington VASolo