Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Disquieting Code - Oil Painting "Postscript"

2020 was such a distressing year that we all hoped to close the page in earnest. Yet, when almost halfway into 2021, we are still fighting to escape from the dark shadow 2020 cast, constantly adjusting or expanding our traumatic memories, by generating sobering Postscript, which was the title of my new self-portrait, recording such an emotional journey of mine in that eventual year and beyond.

Postscript - 後記 - Nachtrag
Postscript

28” x 22”
Oil on Canvas
Completed in 2021

 

Postscript was published by Artistonish, Issue 8, March 2021

 

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 
 

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Featured Oil Painting - Crisp

Though lately I am mostly attracted to shifting patterns, colors, tones, and shapes, from time to time, I am still inspired by pure scenery, particularly when I can discern such variations, and especially if the landscape evokes strong emotions such as moody melancholy. Such an image I had encountered in Manchurian China, barely a few months before the pandemic started to ravage the globe, intrigued and challenged me to create an oil painting when sheltered at home, Crisp, an understated work aptly captured a sense of community, isolation, and resilience.

Crisp - 清冷 - Knackig
Crisp
22” x 28”
Oil on Canvas
Completed in 2020

This painting is being exhibited in Biafarin Online Exhibition (March 10 – April 10, 2021): Exhibizone – Winter 2021 Catalog.


Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 
 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Featured Painting "Waifs"

Waifs depicted an almost surreal landscape, tranquil and dark, as if under the spell of a mysterious and shushing moonlight. Amongst tall trunks, a group of figures shrouded in white, ostensibly young women, trod, plodded, or frolicked on the richly vegetated ground, ever deeper into the woods. 

Despite their being in a group, there was an overwhelming sense of isolation and loneliness, and their internalized presence was touching to behold. Their billowing dresses were as mysterious as these figures themselves - were these innocent young girls or runaway women? Were they spirits, witches, or visiting phantoms from beyond the reach, and acted in tandem? 

Waifs - 漂泊者 - Heimatlosen
Waifs

24” x 30”
Oil on Canvas
Completed in 2020

This painting is being exhibited in Biafarin Online Exhibition: Exhibizone – Winter 2021 (March 10 – April 10, 2021)

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 
 
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Featured Painting - Itinerant

My recent Itinerant is a deliberately ambiguous piece, which depicts three almost identical figures spacing out in an empty boulevard. In the background, there are vague outlines of standing or seated figures, and a couple of vehicles, shaded beneath a huge awning or a theater marquee, or in the cast shadow of an imposing steel-glass structure, whose richly patterned façade was somewhat menacing. The strong contrast between the dark and obscure background and the brightly-lit and clearly defined street generates a strong dissonance. The almost identical postures and shapes of these three figures are enigmatic and hard to fathom. They are like roaming ghosts and can either be the same person appearing in three locations in sequence, or a group of persons march in unison. To ground the tableau, a partial figure bent over to reach the ground appears at the lower right of the canvas, adding an extra visual focus.

Itinerant - 飘流 - Wandernd
Itinerant
22” x 28”
Oil on Canvas
Completed in 2020

 

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 
 
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Friday, October 2, 2020

Revisiting SFMOMA During Pandemic and David Park's Retrospective

SFMOMA reopened yesterday, and we went today to see the David Park retrospective and quite a few old friends. Like visiting an all-but-forgotten place and time, but now we're back in smoke-n-COVID-n-unraveling-democracy world. Still. Well worth the trip across the Bay...

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The main offer was the David Park, A Retrospective, October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021. It was a glorious exhibition. In the normal years, I would have returned to see it again soon. Hopefully, we will be able to see it before it ends.

IMG_5731 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021 

IMG_5733 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

IMG_5734 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021 

IMG_5735 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

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DSCN0776 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0781 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

IMG_5736 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0788 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0789 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0790 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0793 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0795 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0797 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0798 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

IMG_5737 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0802 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0804 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0807 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0810 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

We also saw drawings from David Park and his circle. These life drawing studio might be the one still in use in UC Berkeley and I probably have spent some time drawing models there as well.

DSCN0825 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0830 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0827 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0833 _ David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021

DSCN0831 - Diebenkorn, David Park A Retrospective, SFMOMA October 4, 2020–January 18, 2021
Richard Diebenkorn 

DSCN0839 _ Franz Klein, SFMOMA
Franz Klein

DSCN0823 _ Robert Motherwell, SFMOMA
Robert Motherwell

DSCN0824 - Cy Twombly, SFMOMA
Cy Twombly

DSCN0822 _ Anselm Kiefer, SFMOMA
Anselm Kiefer Cy Twombly

DSCN0819 _ SFMOMA

DSCN0846 _ Paul Cezanne, SFMOMA
Paul Cezanne

DSCN0845 _ Henri Matisse, SFMOMA
Henri Matisse

DSCN0851 _ Henri Matisse, SFMOMA
Henri Matisse

DSCN0852 _ Max Beckmann, SFMOMA
Max Beckmann

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 Thank you, SFMOMA!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Featured Painting "Boyhood"

Depicting human beings is both challenging and exciting, because of the complexity of the human emotions, and the viewers’ familiarity with expressions and postures associated with these emotions, which suffers no falsehood. 

My recent Boyhood attempted to capture the instance when a confident and cocky urchin, insistently pressed himself upon the viewers, announcing his presence. Though a little naughty, he still possessed his innocence, and his wonderment at the broader world surrounding him was palpably touching, and hopefully would viewers of their tender ages. 

The background was sparse, and open, allowing much space for the boy to occupy, except for a pair of moving legs towards the center space and seemingly poised to displace the boy. Perhaps, it was the man he was to become. The confluence of presence and future was both touching and a bit unnerving. 

Boyhood - 少年時代 - Kindheit  

Boyhood
28”x22”
Oil on Canvas
Completed in 2020 

 

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com 

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