Bobby Mathieson - Recent Works

Galerie BAC is proud to present the first Montreal solo exhibition by Canadian artist Bobby Mathieson. The exhibition will be held from June 7th to 28th 2014 with the opening reception taking place Saturday June 7th from 1pm to 5 pm.

The exhibition of recent works consists of a selection of portraits where the artist captures historically or culturally significant moments and expands on the emotional content through his imagery and the use of vibrant shocking color and form.

Over the past few years, Mathieson’s work has evolved from painting scenes in which haunting and ominous landscapes expressively inform their subjects, towards a form of portraiture that is increasingly locating these signifiers within the subjects themselves. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a strongly visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Bobby Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through a portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.

The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects. Vampire teeth and pointed ears become playful motifs in Mathieson’s work, confounding the elegance of posture and pose with monstrous and absurd qualities, forming characters that appear both playful and terrifying at the same time. 

Bobby Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Newbacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.