Matthew Blackwell’s new paintings at Edward Thorp are primal, raw and honest, featuring brutal brushwork and lush colors. Blackwell’s compelling narrative style includes a range of subjects such as our current quagmire in Iraq and the bleak housing situation for residents in large cities. As well, one can find portrayals of an earnest American community going about its business in this time of business as usual. In a landscape of high-contrast hues and dripping, loaded pigment, Blackwell renders his canvasses with a refreshing physicality and a heavy dose of tough love.
(Images from top to bottom: Matthew Blackwell, Over Yonder in the Minor Key, September 7 - October 13, 2007, Edward Thorp Gallery, Tip Toe Past Babel, 2006-07, oil on canvas, 59 1/2 x 43 1/2 in, Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery. Matthew Blackwell, Over Yonder in the Minor Key, September 7 - October 13, 2007, Edward Thorp Gallery, Over Yonder (for Woody Guthrie), 2007, oil on canvas, 49 7/8 x 54 3/8 in, Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery.)