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about Matthew Grabelsky

Since 2006, Matthew Grabelsky has focused on creating paintings that combine the physical world that people see every day with imagery from mythology and dreams. So, what better exercise than a ride into the New York City Underground? His work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. His paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented.

A native New Yorker, after graduating from Rice University, Matthew moved to Florence, Italy, where he spent four years studying the techniques of classical drawing and painting. Science taught him how to observe the world, and art has allowed him to express his relationship to it. He paints in a highly realistic manner, derived from his studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and he uses this visual language to craft modern narratives. He places his subjects in urban settings: trains, gritty alleyways, and cosmopolitan cityscapes, then introduces a twist to create a mix of rational and irrational elements. Matthew’s work is often humorous, and it straddles the divide between the serious and the bizarre.






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