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Mountains

58.00"W x 38.00"H x 1.5"D

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Matt Allen

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: blue, abstract, mountains, organic, yellow, landscape, abstract

Media: oil

Size: 58"W x 38"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2018

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This piece is one of my most bold. I started with the basic idea of a landscape but it quickly turned very abstract. I built it up using layers upon layers of oil paint, using smooth gradients for various geometric shapes, random large brush strokes, scraping paint away and back on, and large swipes of paint across the entire canvas using a custom tool I built to achieve the look. If you have a big wall, and want to go bold, this piece is perfect.

With my paintings, I’ve focused on large abstract pieces that are often connected with reality in some way either through specific photographs or the general metaphor of a landscape or seascape. The techniques I use are inspired by Gerhard Richter first developed the idea of "abstrakt bild" by using large tools to apply paint and scrape it away as layers are built up over time. You can see this in the gestural creation in each painting, but there is also a great deal of structure and balance of both shape and color.

I'm a San Francisco, CA based artist and typically focus on doing large scale abstract art. I've been fortunate to have had a number of shows in the past year, including one at Sotheby's, and I'm very happy to be supporting my friend Ethan from UVA as he launches this great company, which fulfills a definite need in the marketplace for artists.

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