Matthew King (b. 1986)

Matthew King confronts the aesthetic and thematic boundaries developed by the Minimalists during the 1960s and 1970s. His works employ techniques specific to hard-edge painting and photo collage, taking the form of three-dimensional objects that defy easy categorization. They function both as pictures and sculptures, always insisting on their spatial presence. He leaves his industrially produced materials rawly exposed, and accentuates their peculiar qualities with bold geometric shapes and dynamic optical patterns. Thick layers of acrylic paint are applied with a brush, yet the lines are executed with rigid precision. Each work’s frame is assembled by hand but left wholly unadorned. King sets up a tension between the impersonal character of the prefabricated materials he uses and the direct touch of his craft, at once cohering with Minimalism's aesthetic tendencies and jettisoning them.

King’s work has been exhibited across the U.S. and by Joshua Liner Gallery and Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York. He completed his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010.

#259, 2018

Acrylic on wood panel

40”H x 30”W

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#260, 2018

Acrylic on wood panel

60”H x 40”W

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