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March 27, 2008

"looking for you" a new series of paintings by Matthew Ivan Cherry







I have painted the nude sporadically throughout my life as a way to formally see, paint, and tackle narrative dialogues. The potential for pleasure and pain is always present with a body (physically, mentally, and spiritually.) I feel that death too is always close by. These are different than anything I have painted before. They are much more direct and honest and authentic.



Decisions of size, scale, vantage point, and positions of these nudes are all the result of my need to paint the people I encounter in a way that celebrates yet confronts, that is matter of fact yet greater than or celebratory of, that shouts out and validates the “joe” that is in all of us. They challenge the notion that what is ideal and/or beautiful is not what Hollywood or magazines show us…but rather what nature and life provide. They are not nudes for the voyeur…yet admittedly acknowledge the fact that they have subjected themselves to be looked at. I have never been able to distance myself from the nude and create works that are just about the voyeurs gaze and the appetite of looking. Indeed the nudes that I am creating challenge the viewer, they do not wait for the chance of a second glance seen discreetly from the side of one’s glasses. They stand face forward confronting the potential viewer, begging for conversation, soliciting more than a casual gaze. They are realized and full-fledged portraits. They are titan-sized and positioned in a stance that make the viewer the object scrutinized. They stand blatantly aware, amassed together, a front that forces the audience to look at and look within, while moving amidst the masses of naked flesh.

I see the person/object in their physical form residing before me. In time, something else is revealed, something more authentic, something under the skin, through the skin, something outside of them all together. I can be looking at them for hours and then the next minute I am looking at them anew for the first time…really seeing them. It is unpaintable. It is spiritual.  It is more true than the tangible. Somehow in my exploration and the delivery of paint and marks I endeavor to create something just as real, just as living, just as authentic, just as spiritual.



ENJOY!

March 26, 2008

looking for...by Matthew Ivan Cherry

looking for...
(1st series completed 2009)
by
Matthew Ivan Cherry


Tara/Chicago
84" x 48"
oil on canvas

Tom/Berlin
84" x 48"
Oil on Canvas

Allisa/Lancaster
84" x 48"
Oil on Canvas

March 25, 2008

self shaved

Matthew Ivan Cherry





Self w Shaved Head
11" x 11"
SOLD
Private Collection

BALLS n BATS by Matthew Ivan Cherry

Balls n Bats
by 
Matthew Ivan Cherry

Boing
9" x 9"
Pucker
9" x 9"
Scrunchy
9" x 9"
Tug
9" x 9"

March 24, 2008

BONEY by Matthew Ivan Cherry

BONEY
by Matthew Ivan Cherry


Boney

SOLD
9" x 9"

Beefy
9" x 9"

Dirty
9" x 9"

Sticky
9" x 9"

Chubby
9" x 9"

March 23, 2008

PowerPuff Triptych and Sportin' Klein Post-Prime by Matthew Cherry

PowerPuff Triptych: Self w Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup Ts 



18" x 18" each
oil and enamel on panel




Sportin' Klein Post-Prime: (3 of 6)
Poser, Hoser, Geezer
24" x 24" each



Sportin' Klein Post-Prime (installation view of 6)
Hoser, Poser, Geezer, Tweezer, Teaser, Pleaser (not in order)
24" x 24"



Sportin' Klein Post-Prime:
Geezer
24" x 24"



Sportin' Klein Post-Prime:
Hoser
24" x 24"

March 22, 2008

super boys by matthew ivan cherry

super boys
by
matthew ivan cherry


boy w flash t-shirt
18" x 18"
oil and enamel on panel
SOLD
Howard Tullman Collection
boy w captain america t-shirt
18" x 18"
oil and enamel on panel
SOLD
Private Collection


boy w batman t-shirt
18" x 18"
oil and enamel on panel
SOLD
Private Collection


boy w spiderman t-shirt
18" x 18"
oil and enamel on panel
SOLD
Private Collection

boy in a superman t-shirt
18" x 18"
oil and enamel on panel
SOLD
Private Collection

March 21, 2008

I AM SUPERMAN by Matthew Ivan Cherry

I am Superman
by
Matthew Ivan Cherry


Twanna
24" x 24"
Oil and Enamel on Panel
SOLD
Private Collection


Shawn

24" x 24"
Oil and Enamel on Panel
SOLD
Private Collection


Amy

24" x 24"
Oil on Panel


Matthew

24" x 24"
Oil on Panel


Billy

24" x 24"
Oil and Enamel on Panel

March 20, 2008

HEROes and other JOes

HEROes and other JOes
by
Matthew Ivan Cherry



super!
48" x 48"
oil and enamel on panel


incredible!
SOLD
72" x 72"
oil and enamel on panel
FEATURED on the COVER of NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS


wonder!
SOLD
72" x 72"
oil and enamel on panel
Howard Tullman Collection

March 11, 2008

...OTHER FUNKY CHICKENS

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Other Funky Chickens


lizard
72" x 72"
SOLD
Private Collection


the sky is falling
72" x 72"
SOLD


Tickling Daphne
72" x 72"
SOLD
Priavte Collection

choke
36" x 36"
SOLD
Private Collection

flail
36" x 36"

March 10, 2008

BODY NARRATIVES

Matthew Ivan Cherry
body narratives

mosey boy
48" x 48"
oil & enamel on panel
SOLD
Private Collection

pj plie

48" x 48"
oil & enamel on panel



ron de jambe in granny panties

48" x 48"

March 9, 2008

LINENS II

Matthew Ivan Cherry
LINENS II

spring
75" x 38"

traffic
75" x 38"

whisper
75" x 38"

secret
75" x 38"

prayer
75" x 38"

March 8, 2008

PILLOWCASES

Matthew Ivan Cherry
pillowcases
from LINEN II series


dukes
18" x 33"


crimp
18" x 33"


rack

SOLD
18" x 33"


badda
18" x 33"


whirl
18" x 33"