Friday, November 6, 2015

Creating the Artist Statement using 500 Letters

Amazing what this site can create.

Matthew G. Beall

Matthew G. Beall (°1962, California, United States) makes paintings and photos. By questioning the concept of movement, Beall finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.

His paintings do not reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

His works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. By applying abstraction, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

His works establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. Matthew G. Beall currently lives and works in Ulm, Germany and California.

"Die gerade Linie ist Gottlos," Hundertwasser.

"Die gerade Linie ist Gottlos," Hundertwasser. 

Ja. OK. Es gibt eine bestimmte goettliche Qualitaeten-Schoenheit mit der gebogenen Linie, ABER ich finde eine gerade Linie wunderschoen und geometrisch. Just sayin'.

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's been to long! Don't Be Static!

Time can go by so fast that you don't even realize it's gone by. You can easily get into a rut of not doing what you need to do. You can become static. 

Here's my new thing:

Don't Be Static

Matthew G. Beall  Don't Be Static  2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Watching Paint Dry aka It's Always an Unknown Journey of a Circle

Working on a new circle piece... BUT who knows how it will turn out. It's Always an Unknown Journey of a Circle.

Check out the Circle Series


Saturday, May 23, 2015

And the Circle Continues - The Circle Series - Circle 9

I have been working on the Circle Series for a long time now ... 

Each new piece takes on a life of its own. I seem not have control of the direction or final destination. I can control on the movement. 

Back in April ... check it out.

Matthew G. Beall Art : Circle 9  : 60 x 50 cm : Acrylic on Canvas
Matthew G. Beall Art : Circle 9  : 60 x 50 cm : Acrylic on Canvas : 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Rules Of Abstraction

Take the time to watch The Rules Of Abstraction by
Matthew Collings - British art critic, writer, broadcaster, and artist.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Playing Around - Old(er) Photos aka Going Back in Time in the Present

Playing around can be a code word for experimenting, for developing something, for trying something new, and it can be taken at face value just as well. In the context of my life, it usually is directly connected to creating. 

It seems like only yesterday... 

Going Back in Time in the Present is a stark reminder of how fast time jets by. 

Matthew G. Beall   2012

Sunday, April 5, 2015

More Circles - Works in Progress

Inside the Studio over the Easter Weekend

The Circle Series continues - Works in Progress

Matthew G. Beall Art - Circle Series - Works in Progress  - 2015 

Matthew G. Beall Art - Circle Series - Works in Progress 2  - 2015 

Matthew G. Beall Art - Circle Series 8 - Works in Progress  - 2015 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Diebenkorn the man and his work

Perhaps best known for his Ocean Park series, Richard Diebenkorn's works are more than that. His daughter, Gretchen, gives us some insight not only about the art,  but also about the man, her father. Take the 60 minutes to watch. It's worth it!

If you are in Londaon, the Royal Academy of Arts is showing Richard Diebenkorn.


While you are, please take a look at my work:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Circles - A seemingly never ending round

It's been a long time since I posted, or since I have worked in the studio. I guess I needed the break. 

Life is a circle, isn't it. I mean that a circle has free movement, yet it is restricted at the same time. Much like life. 

I guess there is also that something about the idea of never-ending. In a way there is not beginning and no end. Much like being an artist. 

Maybe that's why I have been making circle paintings on and off for the past couple of years. 

Here's the latest in progress from my Circle Series on  50 x 70 cm board. 

Matthew G. Beall Art    Circle 8     2015 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tower Series

Turning back the clock a handful of years. 

Tower Series

Matthew G. Beall Art   Tower Series    20 x 20 cm  Acrylic on Canvas and 15 x 20 cm  Acrylic on Paper

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Watching Paint Dry | The Adventure

Inside the studio ... watching paint dry is not, as the saying implies, boring. I am looking forward to this adventure of making some new work.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Painting New Possibilities :: Continuation & Material # 9

A new painting that needed to be painted for the Continuation & Material series.

Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Studio  New Possibilities 
Painting New Possibilities ::  Continuation & Material  # 9
Even when it continues, it always begins with the blank canvas.

Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Studio  New Possibilities     Continuation & Material  # 9
matthew g beall art  painting    Continuation & Material  # 9   2014
matthew g beall art    Continuation & Material  # 9   2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Explore | Experiment | Breaking MORE Boundaries

There are a number of phrases similar to breaking boundaries: coloring outside the lines, leaving your comfort zone, testing the waters and I am sure there are more. Regardless of the phrase used, it's not the easiest thing to do. Yet it feels pretty damn good to do it. 

Matthew G. Beall Art      untitled (breaking boundaries nov a )    80 x 60 cm    Acrylic on Canvas    2014

Matthew G. Beall Art      untitled (breaking boundaries nov b)    80 x 60 cm    Acrylic on Canvas    2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Giant Named Feltépve :: Aufgerissen in Ulm, Germany :: Fee-fi-fo-fum


 Ulm, Germany literally has a giant man that has “ripped up” or “popped up“ (this is the meaning of his name: Feltépve) out of the ground between the city wall and the Danube River. This is to celebrate 25 years of the fall of The Wall.

Dare to create!

 The sculpture is made by the Hungarian artist

He says:
I think that this is a truly contemporary piece of artwork, in an extremely large size. My goal was to show people that pieces of contemporary art can be integral parts of a city, that they can become one of its building blocks… I say that many more contemporary sculptures should be displayed on the streets of Budapest. I’m positively sure that not only tourists would love them, people living in the city would too. Let’s dare to create!

 You can read more about the piece here:

And here:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Explore | Experiment | Breaking Boundaries

A look at the Breaking Boundaries series 6 months on.
See latest work here

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries    60 x 60 cm    Acrylic on Canvas     May   2014

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries   80 x 80 cm    Acrylic on Canvas     May-June   2014
Matthew G. Beall Art      A Touch of Red    Acrylic on Paper   2014 

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries with lines      Acrylic on Paper    October  2014

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries    Acrylic on Canvas   October    2014

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries Green    Acrylic on Paper    October  2014

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries Pair     Acrylic on Canvas   Summer  2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Self-imposed Lines :: Breaking Out

It is hard to cross lines self imposed. Breaking boundaries helps to make you more aware of what you are doing. I have to think and think. I have to see what is not yet there with more clarity. I have to just jump in and do it without over-thinking. It's not an easy task to break out, but it is doable.

Matthew G. Beall Art     untitled  Breaking Boundaries    Acrylic on Canvas   October    2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Spin on the Circle Series :: Circle 9

A spin on the Circle Series

Check out Making Circle 8

Matthew G. Beall Art     At Work on  Circle 9       2014

Matthew G. Beall Art      Circle 9      Acrylic on Paper    2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Helicopter Einsatz and Creativity aka What Do You Do with Images?

I made these images several years ago, and didn't really know what exactly I would do with them. Then I thought ... well, how about doing this:

Matthew G. Beall Helicopter Einsatz 2010 - 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Journey of Breaking Boundaries

Being in a comfort zone is not a bad thing. 
Staying in a comfort zone might hold you back. Breaking out of a comfort zone just may be better than bad. Sometimes you have to color outside the lines even if it is not easy. You may just end up opening some doors to new rooms you were not sure even exisited.

Explore. Experiment.

Matthew G. Beall Art      A Touch of Red    Acrylic on Paper   2014 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Memories as Objects :: NYC

We all have them

My favorite coffee cup, given to me as a gift, always brings back great memories of the de Kooning Retrospective at MoMA in 2011 that I visited with Ellen Fisch.

My painting cap, which I bought from a NYC street vendor too many years ago, also holds cherished memories of gallery visits with Michael Corbin aks ArtBookGuy and meine Liebe Violetta.

What are yours?

While your are here, take a look at Making a Circle Painting
and read my latest interview

Matthew G. Beall Art     Memories as Objects     2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Making Circle Painting 8 :: Round and Round I Go

 Continuing the Circle Series

Ingredients: blank paper, pencils, paint, brushes, courage, camera ... oh yeah, you did some thought.

You have to make the first mark ... it's not always easy to do even when you know what you want to do. Courage.

I really like working on paper. I feel I have more control. 

Gotta have pencils, brushes and, of course, some paint. 

Camera so I can take photos to show you because who want's to only read about making a painting.

While you're here, take a look at The Birth of a Painting (2010)

Matthew G. Beall Art    A Few of the Ingredients      2014

Matthew G. Beall Art    Pencil Work      2014

Matthew G. Beall Art    Thought      2014

Matthew G. Beall Art    Almost     2014

Matthew G. Beall Art    Circle 8     2014

Interviewed by Beard's Framing --- Check it out

I was recently interviewed by Beard's Framing: "Here at Beard's Framing, we love bringing you insight and perspectives from artist. Today, we have an interview with Matthew G. Beall, painter and photographer."

Read it here --
Interview with Artist Matthew G. Beall | Beard's Framing

Matthew G. Beall   Too Much Red 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Making the First Mark :: California Series continues

It starts with the idea, then you are confronted with white nothingness ...  and all it takes is making a mark. That's the hard part sometimes, isn't it. 

Continuing the California Series

The mark is made

 The painting begins
 Maybe a painting ...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Coffee is like blood

I have been able to be in the studio working a lot lately. See previous post: a-painter-painting-it-is-time-again.

 I love being inside my studio, and I am rarely, if ever, without my coffee. 


A short video I made several years ago

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Painter Painting -- It is Time again

Vacation is over. That time is a rich memory. 
Back to in the studio. Time to work. 
Time to re-work. Time to explore. 
Time to continue breaking boundaries self-imposed.

Canvas and paper lie around waiting to be caressed. Some wait to be re-worked. Some are not ready to let go... and some are finding their way. Some hang. Some want to be hung. 

What was
 What is

 What may be

What is finding its way


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