SERENADE

Matthew Bober, November 2015


November 6 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Matthew Bober

About the Exhibit

I think about my still life's as if they are theatre or religious pieces. I've always been fascinated by the history of art as well as the strangeness of the natural world and try to combine that in my paintings. When I design a painting it's always conceived first in my mind. The colors...

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Painter Matthew Bober says, "I think about my still life's as if they are theatre or religious pieces. I've always been fascinated by the history of art as well as the strangeness of the natural world and try to combine that in my paintings. When I design a painting it's always conceived first in my mind. The colors, the textures and objets d'art are all actors cast to tell a visual story. I like using the same objects weaving in and out of paintings creating a personal iconography and giving them a world to exist in. Nothing I paint would ever just happen to be come upon. I don't paint nature, I reimagine it."

The Collector says, ”Bober is one of the most unique still life painters I have ever collected. His work is a beautiful balance of peculiarity and elegance with a dash of macabre.” - Mitchell Collins, Frankfurt, Germany

Serenade
Contemporary Still Lives by Matthew Bober
On view: November 6-27
Opening Reception: November 6, 5-8pm

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Serenade, features the work of the contemporary painter Matthew Bober. Serenade, as its melodious title suggests, is an entertaining collection of macabre still life paintings presented in juxtaposition against vibrant backgrounds. Bober will be at the November 6 event from 5-8pm, which is open to the public. The work will hang until November 27 and can be seen daily from 11-5pm.  

Bober, currently located in New York, has been working for well-known artist Jeff Koons for the past eight years as an instrumental part of Koons' painting guild. Under Koons, Bober realized his own unique style and over the past two years has been building a body of work, which will be presented in his first solo show this November.

Bober says, "For most of the last decade I’ve painted many of his most important and high profile paintings as well as functioning as the night manager of the painting studio. While honored to have a position at the highest level of the contemporary art world I’ve recently taken a leave to concentrate on my own work. I have shown sporadically over the years yet have never quite found a gallery home, selling paintings through my own networking."

Bober’s realist, bordering on hyper-realist, style gives his still lives a strong vibrancy but it is not the technique, as much as the subject matter, that sets Bober apart. Each painting depicts found objects including skulls and mechanical parts, which Bober has carefully arranged before painting.

"When I design a painting it's always conceived first in my mind. The colors, the textures and objets d'art are all actors cast to tell a visual story. I like using the same objects weaving in and out of paintings creating a personal iconography and giving them a world to exist in. Nothing I paint would ever just happen to be come upon. I don't paint nature, I reimagine it," Bober said.

In the painting Hibiscus, a small 6 inch by 8 inch piece, Bober has painted a tiny bird skull hanging from a piece of twine above a blossoming bright red hibiscus flower.

Bober says, "I think about my still life's as if they are theatre or religious pieces. I've always been fascinated by the history of art as well as the strangeness of the natural world and try to combine that in my paintings."

He started his artistic training at 16 at the National Academy of Design, The Art Students League of New York and subsequently at the School of Visual Arts.  He has exhibited with different galleries across the United States and is collected throughout the United States and Europe. 

Please visit www.robertlangestudios.com or call for more information 843.805.8052.

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

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TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios