Life is as complicated as it appears

Painting by Matthew Ritchie "Self-Portrait in 2064" 2003 Oil and marker on canvas 80 x 100 inches

Painting by Matthew Ritchie
“Self-Portrait in 2064”
2003
Oil and marker on canvas
80 x 100 inches

That quote is from an interview with Matthew Ritchie.

Better yet, I found this wonderful post by Vera Mitchell about Matthew Ritchie:

His work takes a basic line and takes it farther in meaning, in space, and in motion. He enlarges the line design to get a reaction from the viewer. He makes a drawing three dimensional and becomes a transcriber to a gesture and retains the one idea to free it and make it live in the world. He is interested in filtering out all the noise of life and focusing in on what is important. I never thought about it this way, he says that if one thing has a story, then the millions of things we see everyday have a separate story, and if we tried to see them all at once then nothing is seen or noticed. We tune it out. What he is trying to do is try to see a bit more deeply into things. Not just what is on the surface.

Read the rest of it at: Vera Mitchell’s blog.

Or check out more of Matthew Ritchie’s work at his website.

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No art is any good unless you can feel how it’s put together. By and large it’s the eye, the hand and if it’s any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist’s body; you can really lean on it.

— Frank Stella
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