Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Uncertain "Prospect" - an oil painting

An open, terraced, and desiccated field, dominated by a truss tower of industrial scale, dwarfed by the vault of leaden clouds, served as the backdrop of a small-scaled human drama, which centered on a lone figure looking toward the city silhouette in the distance, as if contemplating his or her future, in the region unknown. All these formed the subject of my landscape painting, Prospect, which suggested some inner turmoil without resorting to gestural embellishments - understated but impactful. I am pleased with the contrast between the vast landscape and the insignificant figure who got lost amid the cold and uninviting surroundings.

Prospect, oil on canvas, 22"x28", 2021 

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Touching Landscape Painting - "Still Water"

Several years ago, while traveling to Seattle, I encountered an unusual man-made lake, whose smooth surface was dotted with numerous bleached tree stumps, scattering across large swatches of the water surface. These turned out not to be tree stumps, rather relics or ruins of former workers’ dormitory sheds, which were abandoned and flooded with the change of the industries. The moving and melancholic image of the disappeared past haunted me ever since, and later the stumps-dotted lake and the ghost town underneath became the subject of my landscape oil painting Still Water, aiming to capture the poignancy of the sight. 

Still Water - 靜水 - Stilles Wasser
Still Water

Oil on Canvas
30” x 40”
Completed in 2020

 

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Enigmatic “Seclusion”

Seclusion is a meditative painting of a young woman and her two phantom images superimposed above the centrally placed figure at the lower half of the canvas. This young woman, head bent, surrounded by dense woods, was in a state of meditation, and solitary despite the two companions, who could be herself in different time frames, evoked by this woman lost in her private thoughts. These three figures, real or imaginative, resembled the traditional grouping of the Three Graces in the western visual presentation canon, therefore, created another layer of mystery to this tableau inside the dark and misty woods.

Seclusion - 隔離 - Abgeschiedenheit  

Seclusion
Oil on Canvas
28” x 22”
Completed in 2021 

 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Oil Painting “College Town”

College Town was a snapshot of the unpretentious college city I live in, during the summertime when droves of young temporary dwellers cleared out their flats and moved on to their next destination, or back to where they came from, and left their transitory possessions at the curbs for repurposing. This still image captured the melancholic and slightly forlorn atmosphere after the adrenaline rush from graduation celebrations, when the excitement had ended and only abandoned chairs and mattresses scattered about in this way station, which dutifully quietly welcomed and sent off the young people to make their great or tiny marks to the world, year after year. 

College Town - 大學城 - Universitätsstadt  

College Town
Oil on Canvas
30” x 28”
Completed in 2021

 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Enigma - my solo exhibition at Gallerie Valerie, Crockett, CA

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Thanks to the gallerist and artist Valerie Quade, I had the opportunity to exhibit 18 oil and gouache paintings in a solo show titled “Enigma” at Gallerie Valerie in Crockett, from September 3rd through 26th in 2021.

The pieces are chiefly representational, even realistic, yet they often cloak twists or hidden meanings. Beneath their surfaces are darker truths, or riddles that invite further investigation. Paintings such as Anselm Kiefer’s Bathtubs, Arabesque, Leisurely, or The March of Time are imbued with an enigma.  The entire exhibition can also be viewed on my website  or on YouTube. Below snapshots of the installation offer a glimpse of this exhibition:

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Below are some scenes from the opening reception, which took place on September 3rd.

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Opening of Enigma solo exhibition by Matthew Felix Sun, Gallerie Valerie, Crockett, CA image0 image1

A "walk-through" video below can lead you through the gallery space:

 

And finally, the compilation video incorporated the art installation and opening reception:

 

 

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Allegorical "Surveying"

My allegorical painting Surveying portrayed a nightmarish landscape consisting of fluid and unsettled patterns, suggesting disturbed soil or waves, like the aftermath of a fierce battle. A large figure dressed in a similarly patterned white garb, floated above this mystic landscape, surveying the ravage brought upon by whatever malicious agents. The figure’s outstretched arms, along with the melting drips from the white dress, suggested immense sorrow and compassion. 

Surveying, oil on canvas, 28
Surveying

Oil on Canvas
28” x 22”
Completed in 2013

 

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