ARTISSIMA, Torino, Italy (2016)

'Lone Star' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink and mixed media on canvas, 140x170cm
'Somewhere Out There' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink and mixed media on canvas, 170x186cm
'A Beautiful Spacial Transition' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink and mixed media on canvas, 174x187cm
'Pass Over' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink, enamel, pencil, oilstick, pen and earth on canvas, 174x196cm
'Distant Sunrise Over Pacific Ocean' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink and mixed media on canvas, 171x185cm
'Interdial' (2016), oil, acrylic, Chinese ink and mixed media on canvas, 169x198cm
'With the Forces of the Pacific Ocean #22' (2012), pencil, pen, tape, earth and charcoal on paper, 60x60cm
'With the Forces of the Pacific Ocean #24' (2012), pencil, pen, tape, earth and charcoal on paper, 60x60cm
'With the Forces of the Pacific Ocean #37' (2012), pencil, pen, tape, earth and charcoal on paper, 60x60cm
'8 Hours in and with the Atlantic Ocean' (2016), pen, rust, earth and water on paper, 74x115cm (framed)
'9 Hours in and with the Atlantic Ocean' (2016), pen, rust, earth and water on paper, 74x115cm (framed)
'10 Hours in and with the Atlantic Ocean' (2016), pen, rust, earth and water on paper, 74x115cm (framed)
'11 Hours in and with the Atlantic Ocean' (2016), pen, rust, earth and water on paper, 74x115cm (framed)

Artissima, Torino, Italy 
Solo: Peter Matthews
Booth 31 (Pink)

We are thrilled to be participating in the twenty-third edition of the fair with a solo presentation by British artist Peter Matthews. The fair will take place between the 3-6 of November in Torino, Italy. (More information to follow). 
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PETER MATTHEWS graduated with an MFA and BA Hons in Fine Art from the Nottingham Trent University. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions internationally and around the UK including: After Image: Contemporary Artists and Photography, Art House Productions Gallery, New Jersey, USA (2015), Power of the Sea, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2014), Appendage, Konnektor, Forum für Künste, Hannover, Germany (2014), The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA (2013); Sea Journeys, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany (2013) and Glasklar Milchig, Forum Factory, Berlin, Germany (2013) His solo exhibitions include Continuum, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA (2011) and Sea Marks, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2011). Following his artist residency at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in California in 2015, he had two solo shows at Scripps and the University California San Diego. Matthews was a finalist in the Francois Schneider Contemporary Talents competition in France in 2014, and last year was a short listed artist featuring on the Sky Arts programme Landscape Artist of the Year. In 2016 Matthews will show his work in the major touring and Arts Council funded exhibition Head Above Water which will travel from Plymouth and then around the UK. Matthews had his last solo exhibition with BEERS in June 2013, entitled, 'Surroundings' and his second solo exhibition with BEERS took place in June 2016.

Through the simplicity of the works, Matthew's comments as much on performance and 'the conceptual' as he does the two-dimensional picture plane. For these are drawings that are not really about drawing at all, but rather about man's inability to recapture the momentary sublime held in the vastness of nature, the bleak romanticism in the ocean as it consumes and intoxicates. Through extended hours (sometimes Matthews will abscond himself for up to 9 hours, adrift alone at sea,) Matthews is working in real time through a very direct approach and immediate relationship with the ocean, where it becomes evident that his process is so much less about draftsmanship or material and more about an idea connected to nature and personal spirituality: through the drawings, Matthews seeks to question and challenge the nature of the image as something that requires subject matter. He questions us, as to whether the drawing can capture an essence, a thought, a momentary fleeting feeling. For Matthews, there is an immediacy and connectivity in his practice that articulates something that even a painting cannot - for a painting is about production, and these drawings are not about the artist's studio or statement: they are about a place and moment in time. Most recently, he has begun pairing his works with videos which offer perhaps the most straightforward documentation of a practice defined by its very indefiniteness, its incalculability, and the presence of video may be more apt to contextualize something that drawing, even after hours and hours drifting in the ocean, may not be able to fully explain for his viewer.