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Trek Matthews, Painter

Growing up in Wisconsin, artist Trek Matthews was initially inspired by his natural surroundings, incorporating wildlife scenes and Native American mythologies into his illustrations. But following a move to Atlanta and a short stint in Japan in 2014, his artistic style began maturing into what we see today. If you’ve ever ridden public transit in Tokyo or any other Asian metropolis, chances are you were too busy being corralled and sandwiched into crowded trains to notice the architecture of the stations. But in Matthews’s mind, those spaces became transcendental, pastel paradises. His paintings dropped the naturalistic aspect he’d been initially drawn to and instead began incorporating large geometric swaths of delicate hues, intersecting one another to create imaginary spaces reminiscent of the built environments he’d encountered in Asia. Some of his compositions call to mind Kanji and other forms of Japanese calligraphy, further reiterating the strong Asian influence. His color palette is so subtle and transparent that viewing his work is akin to commuting through a sherbet-colored dream. Matthews isn’t constrained to the two-dimensional plane however. A quick flip through his Flickr account reveals an artist taking a concept one step further, creating three dimensional assemblages and installations that we think are definitely worth exploring.

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