|Born 1966 in California USA|
Matthew Wettlaufer has a doctorate of
philosophy from Kassel University. With a keen sense of how aesthetics
intersect with politics in the post modern world. Matthew seeks an “Objective
rationality” in his large political landscapes. His concern is homophobia
and political violence. A marxist and critical theorist; he seeks to ‘explode’
the viewer’s world into questioning and doubt; shock it into the
awakening recognition that engenders change.
Matthew’s work tends towards two directions: large political landscapes of oil on canvas, and smaller reversed glass paintings that focus on still lifes and natural landscapes. His large political landscapes focus on issues surrounding homophobia and political violence, especially derived from experience of growing up in the United States, the style of these works is a cross between the Mexican Muralists (Rivera, Siquieros) and the German painters Grosz and Beckmann. Matthew’s Hinterglasmalerei is informed by the styles of the German expressionists from the Blue Rider school of Murnau: Gabrielle Muenter, Kandinsky, and Marc. They attempt to use color as a way of expressing the mood or life force of the land, and he has recently begun to combine South African landscapes with these expressionist techniques of painting.
Artist: MATTHEW WETTLAUFER
Title: Untitled I
Size: 18 x 27 cm
Media: reverse painting acrylic and perspex
Price: R 2 500 Framed
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