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Rob Matthews
2020 | acrylic, acrylic gouache and walnut ink on paper on canvas over wood panel | 16x12 | $1500

A study of lines, shape, colors, and beards.

Job by Nashville artist Rob Matthews’ is exemplary of his funky yet reductive exploration of the human figure. His impressions of the human body spawn from influences of synthetic cubism by combining layers of collage (we love that a newspaper nose­) contrasting shapes (what a fabulously flowy beard), but defeats the traditions with a bold colors and a wider range of medium (walnut ink, gouache, canvas, wood).

Job is part of a group of heads Matthews created, others based off busts of Aristotle, Diogenes and Sophocles. But he just uses them for their bodies. And facial hair. As people, their identities hold no weight to the works themselves, despite Job's faithfulness and Aristotle's wisdom. Instead, historical renderings of these figures inspire Matthews’ practice of transferring the behavior of lines and shapes in space into 2-D.

Rob Matthews lives and works in Nashville. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from the Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in painting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His work is frequently exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Nashville and is in the collections of North Carolina Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the de Young Museum.

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