Rob Matthews

b. 1974, Wilson, NC
The simplest explanation that I give about my work is that I only make art about things that I consider more important than art.
Flight To Egypt
Flight To Egypt

Rob Matthews’ practice is lauded for strong technical caliber, intellectual content and narrative power. Evidenced in his mastery of line and attention to surface, his work is grounded in years of traditional drawing practices. Dealing with universal themes of mortality, human frailty and time’s passage through political and social unrest, he internalizes poignant issues of forced migration and ISIL assassinations in his most recent works. He expands his trajectory of graphite drawings at an arresting scale with the incorporation of painting and collage in inks and gouache. Influenced by Cubism as well as Renaissance portraiture, Matthews layers bodies in mythic proportions on abstracted, saturated fields of color. As if haunted, his figures re-appear in various scales and forms across canvases, fluidly coexisting among areas of obsessive cross-hatching, contrasting lines, intricate surface detail, and subtle, stylized forms. With the integration of apocalyptic symbolism from music history and the Bible, Matthews confronts the the arduous dualities of pain and redemption.

Rob Matthews lives and works in Nashville. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from the Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in painting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a two-time winner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship award and won the Pew Fellowship in the Arts award in 2009. His work is frequently exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Nashville and is in the collections of North Carolina Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the de Young Museum.

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Flight To Egypt
Flight To Egypt
The Card Player
The Card Player
Spirit 1
Spirit 1
Spirit 2
Spirit 2
Spirit 3
Spirit 3
Mary Of The Sea
Mary Of The Sea
The Chess Player
The Chess Player
Therese Kapangala
Therese Kapangala
Jean-Pierre Ndulani
Jean-Pierre Ndulani
Khaled al-Asaad
Khaled al-Asaad
Albert Toungoumale-Baba
Albert Toungoumale-Baba
The Watch Maker
The Watch Maker
The Cartographer
The Cartographer
The Witness
The Witness
Variations Of Rahno 1
Variations Of Rahno 1
Variations Of Rahno 2
Variations Of Rahno 2
Variations Of Rahno 3
Variations Of Rahno 3
Variations Of Rahno 4
Variations Of Rahno 4
Variations Of Rahno 5
Variations Of Rahno 5
Variations Of Rahno 6
Variations Of Rahno 6
Variations Of Rahno 7
Variations Of Rahno 7
Variations Of Rahno 8
Variations Of Rahno 8
Variations Of Rahno 9
Variations Of Rahno 9
Hamel (Large)
Hamel (Large)
Nagy (Large)
Nagy (Large)
Kinvi (Large)
Kinvi (Large)
Hamel (Small)
Hamel (Small)
Nagy (Small)
Nagy (Small)
Kinvi (Small)
Kinvi (Small)
Prophets
Prophets
Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth
Same Stars Different Home
Same Stars Different Home
Still Life With Skull And Ukelele
Still Life With Skull And Ukelele
Flight To Egypt
Flight To Egypt
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel, 51x38
2018
The Card Player
The Card Player
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel, 40x43
2018
Spirit 1
Spirit 1
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
Spirit 2
Spirit 2
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
Spirit 3
Spirit 3
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
Mary Of The Sea
Mary Of The Sea
acrylic on canvas, 10x8
2018
The Chess Player
The Chess Player
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel, 44x36
2018
Therese Kapangala
Therese Kapangala
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
Jean-Pierre Ndulani
Jean-Pierre Ndulani
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
Khaled al-Asaad
Khaled al-Asaad
acrylic on canvas, 20x16
2018
Albert Toungoumale-Baba
Albert Toungoumale-Baba
acrylic on canvas, 12x9
2018
The Watch Maker
The Watch Maker
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel, 40x30
2018
The Cartographer
The Cartographer
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel, 44x36
2018
The Witness
The Witness
acrylic, acrylic gouache and acrylic spray paint on canvas, 96x72
2018
Variations Of Rahno 1
Variations Of Rahno 1
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 2
Variations Of Rahno 2
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 3
Variations Of Rahno 3
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 4
Variations Of Rahno 4
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 5
Variations Of Rahno 5
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 6
Variations Of Rahno 6
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 7
Variations Of Rahno 7
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 8
Variations Of Rahno 8
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Variations Of Rahno 9
Variations Of Rahno 9
acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 12x9
2017
Hamel (Large)
Hamel (Large)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 20x16
2017
Nagy (Large)
Nagy (Large)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 20x16
2017
Kinvi (Large)
Kinvi (Large)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 20x16
2017
Hamel (Small)
Hamel (Small)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 14x11
2017
Nagy (Small)
Nagy (Small)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 14x11
2017
Kinvi (Small)
Kinvi (Small)
acrylic and gouache on canvas over wood panel, 14x11
2017
Prophets
Prophets
gouache and sumi ink, etching ink on paper on canvas over wood panel, 81x69
2016
Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth
gouache, water-based relief ink, on paperon canvas over wood panel, 81x69
2016
Same Stars Different Home
Same Stars Different Home
gouache, sumi ink, etching ink on paper on canvas over wood panel, 81x69
2015
Still Life With Skull And Ukelele
Still Life With Skull And Ukelele
ink on paper mounted to wood panel, 12x9
2014