In July, I will return to the wonderful co-op gallery in San Francisco: City Art Gallery, which “opened its doors at 828 Valencia St. in 1998 and has remained a constant in the radically changing Valencia corridor.”
Exhibition date: July 5-30 Reception & the City Art’s 25th Anniversary Celebration: July 7, Friday, 7-10 pm Location: 828 Valencia St, San Fransisco (between 19th & 20th) Gallery Hours: Sun, Wed-Thursday 12-9 pm, Fri/Sat 12-10 pm My gallery sitting shifts: July 16, Sat, 12-4:30 pm, July 22, Sun, 12-5 pm
Below are the sample of the pieces I will exhibit:
These works were painted in the last two years, during the pandemic. With rich and dark colors and somewhat unsettling subject matter, they capture a sense of disquiet, isolation, and uncertainty – feelings we have all experienced in recent times, and hope to overcome soon.
Enigma – a solo Exhibition Gallerie Valerie, presents Matthew Felix Sun, September 3 – 26, 2021.
628 2nd Ave, Suite 203, Crockett, CA 94525
Opening reception September 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm.
The pieces presented by Gallerie Valarie are chiefly representational, even realistic, yet they often cloak twists or hidden meanings. Beneath their surfaces are darker truths, or riddles that invite further investigation. Paintings such as Anselm Kiefer’s Bathtubs, Arabesque, Leisurely, or The March of Time are imbued with enigma.
Though lately I am mostly attracted to shifting patterns, colors, tones, and shapes, from time to time, I am still inspired by pure scenery, particularly when I can discern such variations, and especially if the landscape evokes strong emotions such as moody melancholy. Such an image I had encountered in Manchurian China, barely a few months before the pandemic started to ravage the globe, intrigued and challenged me to create an oil painting when sheltered at home, Crisp, an understated work aptly captured a sense of community, isolation, and resilience.
Identifying myself primarily a representational artist, does not exclude me from time to time being drawn to purely abstract visions, which excite with contrasting or even clashing colors, interplay of of shades, lines, and intricacies of patterns and forms. One of my successful results is a recent gouache painting, Time Frame, which intrigues viewers with ever expanding viewfinders, appealingly complementing secondary colors, and an array of ever shifting lines of different lengths, angles, and hues.
Time Frame Gouache on Paper 7” x 11” Completed in 2018
This painting will be exhibited at Berkeley Expression Gallery, September – December 2018, as part of the “Autumn Colors” group exhibition.