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Matthew Felix Sun

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Wilting Flowers, Septermber 2016 Mixed Media - Ink on Newspaper & Paper, Aluminum Wire, Cotton Twine 40"x140"x5" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Wilting Flowers, September 2016 Mixed Media - Ink on Newspaper & Paper, Aluminum Wire, Cotton Twine 40"x140"x5" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Niobe, June 2013 Paper, Ink and Oil on Paper, Needle, Wooden Frames 33 X 16.5 X 3 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Stringed White Dresses - An Installation, 2013 Paper, Cotton Strings, Ink and Oil on Paper, Wooden Frames 20 X 14 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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The March of Time, 2016 Oil on Canvas 30 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Siege, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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In Distant Country, 2011 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Mackerel, 2007 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Apprehend, 2016 Oil on Canvas 24 X 20 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Leisurely, 2010 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Dispersion, 2010 Oil on Canvas 20 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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White Dresses, 2011 Oil on Canvas 22 X 28 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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White Dress with Birds, 2010 Oil, Graphite on Canvas 20 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Stairwell, 2000 Oil on Canvas 36" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Grandma, 2003 Oil on Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Liberation Road, 2010 Oil on Canvas 24 X 18 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Companion, 2003 Oil on Canvas 24" X 30" © Matthew Felix Sun
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A Young Frenchman, 2001 Oil on Canvas 24" X 20" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Portrait of a Young Man, 1997 Oil on Canvas 20" X 16" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Icon, 2012 Oil on Canvas 20 X 16 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Irises, 2006 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Orange Parisian, 2008 Oil on Canvas 24" X 18" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Vultrine, 2015 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Net, 2003 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Arabesque, 2013 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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The Song of Orpheus, 2010 Limited Edition Archival Print. Ed. of 30 (oil on Canvas) 30 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Devils' Dance, 2004 Oil on Canvas 30" X 48" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Trot, April 2016 Oil on Canvas 22 X 22 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Diptych - Dawn, 2013 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 24"x30" and 24"x30" © Matthew Felix Sun
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White Dress, 2005 Oil on Canvas 20" X 18" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Ink Drawing Night City 3, 2012 Colored Ink on Paper 14" X 11" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Paris and Three Goddesses, 2012 Oil on Canvas 14 X 11 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Oedipus, 2012 Oil on Canvas 14 X 11 X 0 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Laundered Clothes, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 X 18 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Crow, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24" X 18" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Funnel, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24" X 30" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Woodcutter, 2007 Oil on Canvas Board 12" X 17" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Red Sail, 2000 Oil on Canvas 22" X 28" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Homeland, Impression, I, 1999 Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Coit Tower At Night, San Francisco, 1999 Oil on Canvas 20" X 16" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Shade, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Lamp and Firefly, 2008 Oil on Canvas 18" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Sediment, 2006 Oil on Canvas 18" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Rafting, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Rape Fields, 2001 Oil on Canvas 27 X 27 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Woman in White Straw Hat, 1997 Oil on Canvas 28 X 22 © Matthew Felix Sun
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Falling, 2003 Oil on Canvas 24" X 36" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Shadow, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30 X 40 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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One Fine Day, 2006 Oil on Canvas 18" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
Dreamy
Dreamy, 1999 Oil on Canvas 24 X 18 © Matthew Felix Sun
Melancholy
Melancholy, 1999 Oil on Canvas 20 X 16 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
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Matthew Felix Sun's Live Drawing, 2010 Crayon on Paper © Matthew Felix Sun
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Female Nude Drawing, 2010 Graphite on Paper © Matthew Felix Sun
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Anna, 2010 Charcoal on Paper © Matthew Felix Sun
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Sea Storm, 1999 Oil on Canvas 24 X 24 Inches © Matthew Felix Sun
Boulevard
Boulevard, 1999 Oil on Canvas 24" X 18" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Night Café, 2001 Oil on Canvas 30" X 30" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Bruges, Impression, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24" X 30" © Matthew Felix Sun
Dirge
Dirge, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30" X 40" © Matthew Felix Sun
Blindness
Blindness, 2006 Oil on Canvas 36" X 48" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Diptych - Sorrow and Suffering, 2003 Oil on Canvas 36" X 24" & 36" X 24" © Matthew Felix Sun
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
China
Lives in
Berkeley, CA
Works in
Berkeley, CA
Representing galleries
Artist-Xchange Gallery, City Art Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club, Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona, Prince Street Gallery, Wessel Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Studio Trilogy
Tags
figurative, realism, landscape, traditional
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2016
Pets and Animals
Berkeley Central Arts Passage
Statement

Statement

What is art about? More precisely, what are my paintings about? I have struggled with this question ever since I started to paint. Having copied famous artists’ work, made many still life and figure studies, and having painted for the simple sensual thrill of presenting beauty or ugliness, I am left with the certainty that art is much broader and deeper than these technical accomplishments. For me, art is incomplete if it does not transcend simple depiction of life, and enter the realms of the historian and the social commentator.

The intricate involvement with life, the sub-textual social criticism -- unpolluted by overbearing propaganda -- that is evident in the works by artists such as Matthias Grünewald, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, Max Beckmann, and Käthe Kollwitz has begun to teach me how to connect myself, as an artist, to the world; and, most importantly, how to perform my duty to society as an artist, to reflect the world through the expression of my feelings.

I wonder whether modernity has lost track of the human spirit. We live in a privileged time and place, with abundant materials to consume. We are blessed with scientific understanding of the physical universe and we have been able to plant our national flag in the virgin soil of the moon. But have we built the world we ought to live in? As an artist and a human being I have serious doubts. Can we truly be meant to be the masters of the earth, if reckless consumption, pollution, and mass extinction are the result of our mastery? Will we destroy our own civilizations through irresponsible selfishness? Will our own extinction follow those of whales, tigers, foxes, and dragonflies?

Life is a harsh experience, yet it is beautiful. Art ought to be from life, and above life. To merely document surfaces is not enough: I want to grasp what is behind, which to me is far more compelling and worthwhile.

My goal is to discover the truth in life, and to portray those hidden aspects boldly.

As with many artists, my early work is grounded in realism, and evolved into a style that retains a representative cast but rejects slavish naturalism. I immerse myself in the patterns and rhythms of forms, particularly the contradiction between the surface beauty and harsh subjects, and from these foci has formed a distinctive style. The subject matter of my work ranges from portraiture and landscape/cityscape, to allegories and abstraction.

Each successive wave of projects further clarifies my thinking and challenges me to take greater technical risks. As my artistic frame evolves, I find new platforms to convey broader and deeper ideas.
 

Curriculum Vitae


Publications

- "Ink Drawing Night City 3" and "July Meteors" – Shark Reef Magazine, Winter 2015
- "Surveying" and "Wildflowers" – Pomona Valley Review, Issue 8, May 2014
- "Literature Inspired Paintings" - Superstition Review, May 2014
- "Leisurely" and "White Dresses" - Wilde Magazine, Issue 3, July 2013
- "Liberation Road", Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 11, June 2013
- "Pilgrim" and "Pond" - Wilde Magazine, Issue 2, May 2013
- "Boulevard", "Lone Traveler" and "Stringed White Dresses - An Installation" - Pomona Valley Review, Issue 7, April 2013
- "Awakening", "Dissonance", "Division", and "House of Hope" - Superstition Review, Issue 11, April 2013
- "Bombed Bridge, III" - Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 9, January 2013
- "In Distant Country" - Artist Portfolio Magazine - Anniversary Issue, Issue 6, April 2012
- "The Song of Orpheus" - Artist Portfolio Magazine, Cover II Art Contest 2011, Issue 2, June 2011
- "Sisyphus" – cover art for Epistemologies of Ignorance in Education, published by Information Age Publishing
- "Red Flowers", "Flowers in Blue Vase", "Flowers in Blue Vase, II", "Winter Flowers", "Gladioli", "Lotus", and "Magnolia" –  Sychronized Chaos Webzine, March 2010
- "Minotaur", "Daphne", "Sisyphus", "Adam & Eve", "Annunciation", "Jingwei Filling Up the Sea", "Nüwa Creating Humans", "Nüwa Patching Up the Sky" –  Sychronized Chaos Webzine, November 2009
- "Blindness", "Devils' Dance", "Dirge", "Falling", "Grandma", "Net", "Diptych - Sorrow and Suffering",
"Progression", and "The Triumph of Saint George" –  Sychronized Chaos Webzine, October 2009
- “Branches” and “Upstream” – The William and Mary Review - Volume 47, 2009, The College of William and Mary
- “Room with a Lamp” – The William and Mary Review - Volume 46, 2008, The College of William and Mary
- “A Young Frenchman” – The William and Mary Review - Volume 45, 2007
- “Birds and Men”, “Devils' Dance” and “The Triumph of Saint George" – The Amistad - Spring 2007, Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- “Frenchman” – The William and Mary Review - Volume 44, 2006
- “Drifting” – The William and Mary Review - Volume 43, 2005


Awards

5th 2016 ArtSlant Showcase Award Winner for "The March of Time" - Jurors: Thorsten Albertz, a partner at Albertz Benda in New York, and Sibylle Friche, Director at DOCUMENT, a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art

6th 2015 ArtSlant Showcase Award Winner for "Crow" - Jurors: Mark Beasley, a British curator and writer based in New York; Óscar Florit, Director of L21 Gallery, Palma, and Madrid, Spain; Bob and Roberta Smith, the British artist whose best known works include: ~ Make Art Not War, which belongs to the Tate collection; and Letter to Michael Gove.

3rd 2015 ArtSlant Showcase Award Winner for "Niobe" - Jurors: Catherine Wagley, writer of art and visual culture in Los Angeles, Edra Soto, a Chicago-based artist, and Jacqueline Ferrante, a painter and photographer, and the Associate Director of A.I.R. Gallery

2nd 2015 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "July Meteors" - Jurors: Cara Zimmerman, Associate Vice President and Specialist in Folk and Outsider Art at Christie's, Kristin Hjellegjerde, gallery owner in south west London, and Irene de Craen is currently artistic director at Hotel Maria Kapel

1st 2015 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "Mackerel" - Jurors: Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Zachary Cahill, an interdisciplinary artist, and Megan Fizell, a Sydney-based writer and curator

5th 2014 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "The Innocents - Dedicated to the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17" - Jurors: Carolina Jayaram, Summer Guthery, and Raz Shapira-Fainburg

7th 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "White Dresses" - Juroros: Maria Jenson, founding director of ArtPadSF, which launched in May 2011 at the Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco; Bea de Souza, founder/ director of the Agency Gallery in London; Daniela Kostova, an interdisciplinary artist who works with photography, video, performance and installation. 

5th 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "Diptych - Dawn" - Juroros: Darren Jones - Artist, Writer, Curator, New York  Neysa Page-Lieberman - Director & Curator in the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces, Columbia College, Chicago  Deb Klowden Mann - Gallery KM, Los Angeles

4th 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Winner for "Stringed White Dresses - An Installation" - Jennie Lamensdorf is director of the Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program in New York, NY; Robin Peckham, an independent curator based in Hong Kong with a focus on private collections.; and Cole Harrell is a curator, art historian, and proud collector.

Honorable Mention for "Bombed Bridge, III" - Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 9, Published by  My Art Contests

5th 2012 Showcase Winner for "Ink Drawing Night City 3" - ArtSlant, Juroros: Sarah Belden,founder of Sarah Belden Fine Art Advisory; HELIANTHE BOURDEAUX-MAURIN, exhibitions manager at Pinacothèque de Paris; and CJ FOLLINI, co-chairperson of the Board of Directors of HERE Arts Center in SoHo

Editor's Choice Award for "The Song of Orpheus" - Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 2, Published by  My Art Contests

First 2011 Showcase Winner for "Dispersion" - ArtSlant, Juroros: Julie Davidow, ArtSlant Golden Frame artist; Walter Mason, Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art; and Hillary Metz, Director, Blythe Projects, Los Angeles

Second 2010 Showcase Winner for "Grandma" - ArtSlant, Juroros: Els Barents, Director, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam; Snoozie Hexagon, Director/Curator, Elevator Gallery, London; Michelle Heinz, Director, Frederico Sève Gallery/latincollector, New York; Joey Piziali and Vanessa Blaikie, Co-Owners/Directors, Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco; Carole A. Stakenas, Executive Director, LACE, Los Angeles


Juried Shows and Competitions

See "EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS" below.


Teaching

- “A Modern Approach to Landscape Painting” – Amsterdam Art, Berkeley, California, December 2001


Education

Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio, classes in fine and commercial art, 1996-97
Private Instructions on Oil Painting with Lilia Obrath, 1996, & Roland Huston, 1995