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Paul Mathisen

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Birth year

Lives in
sarasota county

Works in
sarasota county


Bradford College

Representing galleries

Paul e Mathisen paul mathisen, abstract


Paul Mathisen

Venice, FL








    By altering the landscape with ambiguous shapes and images, it's like a dream in which you never touch the ground.  An autobiographical landscape which stretches into complex compositions of a real topography.  This is my muse; exploring the landscape more as a conceptual abstract.  In my work I invite the viewer into a visual world of color, form and imagination that is completely unexpected.  My technique is very controlled despite what the visceral appearance may appear to be.  Over time I have achieved the ability to release and gain control over my materials which allows the art to become itself.  This has been my goal.  When I paint I have a dialog with color.  I use tools and solvents to manipulate the paint to make designs, moment to moment creating shapes on forms mingling layers of paint and color that speak their own language.  My iconoclast style allows me the freedom to create works of art with atypical materials and concepts that capture free moments telling a never ending story in autobiographical landscapes.


Biographical Narrative


I was born in Lakewood Ohio in 1974.  My family moved every three years as my father accepted various career advancements.  As a result we have lived in many different locations all over the world.  When I was 12 yrs old I went to boarding school, which introduced me to the world of painting and ceramics.  I studied Creative Arts at Bradford College, Bradford MA, and Art history at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.  I  am represented by State of the Art Gallery, 1525 State Street Sarasota, Florida

My inspiration comes from artist such as Pollock, Frankenthaller and Ehlrich.  Jackson Pollock because of the way he thought about his art.  When viewing Helen Frankenthaller’s art I am inspired by the way she manipulates the paint to create the images that result.  When I experienced the work by Ron Ehlrich I feel how he pushed the envelope just enough and it has changed my perspective about my attitude towards my own materials and work. 

Recent Exhibits

Paul Mathisen participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 2014 Members Exhibition
Hunterdon Art Museum
Sep, 2013 2013 Members Exhibition
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
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