Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Mattlerbusch, 2013
oil on linen
114 x 118 in (290 x 300 cm)

Black Painting 4, 2012
oil on linen
78.75 x 82.75 in. (200 x 210 cm)

Kansai, 2013
oil on linen
78.75 x 82.625 in (200 x 210 cm)

Water Painting 5, 2013
oil on linen
59 x 63 in (150 x 160 cm)

Hongkong 2, 2013
oil on linen
43.25 x 55 in. (110 x 140 cm)

Koln, 2013
oil on linen
55 x 55 in (140 x 140 cm)

Water Painting 4, 2013
oil on linen
63 x 59 in (160 x 150 cm)

Water Painting 3, 2013
oil on linen
55 x 59 in (140 x 150 cm)

Matthias Meyer

Wetland

November 22 – December 21, 2013

While the natural world plays a profound role in Meyer’s work, he achieves in its depiction a synthesis between the representational and the abstract. In this recent body of work, Meyer continues his ongoing examination of aquatic environments – ponds and lakes, fens, bogs, marshes. Both mysterious and revealing, the water’s surface reflects its surroundings while simultaneously drawing the viewer’s attention into the depths beneath. Enigmatic, distorted evocations of branches and decomposing tree trunks are glimpsed below, while undulating reeds and grasses float above. Meyer’s objective is to transform these elements, dissolving the imagery into layers of light and color.
Meyer’s paintings resonate with the words of Rachel Carson:
To the human senses, the most obvious patterning of the surface waters is indicated by color. The deep blue water of the open sea far from land is the color of emptiness and barrenness; the green water of the coastal areas, with all its varying hues, is the color of life…. The yellow and brown and green hues of the coastal waters are derived from the minute algae and other microorganisms so abundant there.
Matthias Meyer was born in Göttingen, Germany in 1969. He studied art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Gerhard Richter and was named "student of honor" (Meisterschüler) in Richter’s last master class in 1994. Meyer was also a guest student in 1994 at London’s Chelsea College of Art, and in the same year received the distinguished Max Ernst Award of the City of Brühl. In 1995, Meyer was the German laureate of the European Art Competition of the Schweizer Bankverein in London. Matthias Meyer lives and works in Germany.

Press

Matthias Meyer - Danese Corey catalogue 2013

Wetland

November 22 - December 21, 2013