9/10/2012

Paul Matthews

In honor of Elizabeth Wilson's passionate interest in the subject of changeable skies, for the rest of September we'll be looking at landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on the heavens.  

I'm so crazy about the painter Paul Matthews that I couldn't limit myself to just one or two images. Here are three of his fantastic landscapes with heady theatrical stuff going on in the skies:

 Paul Matthews 
Thunderhead Beyond Pichoff  oil on linen 50" x 36" 1990

 Paul Matthews 
 Rain Beyond Pitchoff  oil on linen 35" x 48" 1999

 Paul Matthews  
Storm Passing Jay oil on linen 13" x 22" 1991

Paul Matthews lives and works in both Bucks County and in the Adirondacks, where he finds most of the subjects for his fantastic and ambitious landscapes. He has an amusing page on his website in which he interviews himself, and here is a relevant excerpt

What is it about the landscape that intrigues you?
Its beauty of course. In my pursuit of natural beauty I am always confounded, because whatever I have done, or attempted, nature always presents me with something more beautiful—as if to mock me.


Paul Matthews is also known for large and complex figure paintings with a narrative edge. 



If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph with a strong emphasis on the sky (not your own work please) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.

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