Cherry straddles the worlds of contemporary art practitioners with observational artists interested in figural constructs.
Professional Title: Chair of Fine Arts and Foundation Department, Associate Professor
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Painting, Drawing, Figure, Portrait
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Figure Drawing, Fine Arts Senior Studio I + II, Illustration Techniques: Opaque Media, Introduction to Painting
Education: MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA, Northern Arizona University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
2016 Portraits Freak OUT! – Zhou B Art Center/Poets & Artist Publication
2015 Immortality & Vulnerability - PA - GOSS183 Publishing Group - Curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez
The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century - Poets and Artists, Issue #61 - Curated by Victoria Selbach2014 FIXATION – Poets and Artists, April-May RAW Beauty - Poets and Artists, May, Issue #552013 From Motion to Stillness – Poets and Artists, Feb
Selected Solo Exhibitions:2009 someBODIES, Keppel Studios, Lancaster, PA2008 fauxREAL, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA 2007 looking for, Fifty50 Gallery, Chicago, IL2005 Boney, Gescheidle, Chicago, IL Superman/Super, Travel Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Selected Group Exhibitions:2016 Freak OUT!, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL2015 Immortality & Vulnerability, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL The Artist's Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century - Curated by Victoria Selbach, Sirona Fine Arts, Miami, FL2014 Fixation, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL2013 From MOTION to STILLNESS, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
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Matthew Cherry is a Boston-based representational painter, straddling the worlds of contemporary art practitioners with observational artists interested in figural constructs. His concepts and narratives are integrated and woven with a formal additive/subtractive process layering washes, glazes, marks, and drips that are accumulative and serve as a summation of an observational and painting process documenting thoughts, impulses and reactions.
Balancing representation with abstraction and pure mark-making, the blend creates a final object with the process integral to the purity of its intent.
His energies and oeuvre focus on the depiction of the face, head, bust and body. But rather than portraits, Cherry sees his work more closely related to objects or artifacts documenting the process of painting almost like a tapestry ... in layers or sessions of recorded time.
His work contributes to a dialogue on individuality, gender, masculinity/femininity, beauty, time, aging, relationships, identity, the mundane as contrasted with the ideal, and the self in reference to pop culture, exploring the extraordinary within the context of the ordinary as he documents family, friends, and random people he connects with in life, on the streets and via social media.
He is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of Fine Arts and Foundations Department at Lesley University College of Art & Design in Cambridge, MA where he has served for over 6 years.
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