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A Compendium of Moments: Tales from The Ground Floor

Jonathan Matas

Saturday July 20th, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours Saturdays 11a-4p from August 3rd-24th
Or by appointment

Heron Arts is pleased to announce the first solo show by Jonathan Matas. The exhibition A Compendium of Moments: Tales from The Ground Floor, will be on view at Heron Arts until August 10th, 2019. The exhibition will take a look at the artist’s live portrait painting practice. The show opens on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

Portrait painting dates back thousands of years, initially as a way of recording history. Throughout time, artists have used this method of capturing their subjects as a mechanism to tell stories, relay information, or describe experiences. In the first solo show by Jonathan Matas, the artist delves into the practice of portraits painted from life as a means of articulating experience, feeling, and a way of being for the artist. With no premeditated goals or preparation, each painting is produced spontaneously, with the model just as active in the experience as Matas. Each subject helps tell the story of the experience shared by artist and subject, touching on the constant themes of Matas’s work: spontaneity, playfulness, and celebration of the ordinary.

The viewer can expect to see a series of oil portrait paintings as well as works on paper and a small installation. Each painting has been done with models sitting live for sessions ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours, over a course of up to nine days. The artist meticulously captures his subjects with no plan or direction. Matas is at the will of the paint brush and the energy created between the model and the setting. He does not adhere to a particular style but lets the free form dictate the direction. The installation will be comprised of a mix of odd found objects collected throughout the artist’s travels.

Jonathan Matas was born in Seattle in 1984. Matas has been devoted to painting from his earliest childhood days growing up in 90’s grunge-era Seattle. Fortunate to be immersed in an eclectic creative world, he spent his entire youth drawing and painting with watercolors, acrylics and oils, eventually expanding his mark-making vocabulary through the medium of graffiti. Matas went on to receive a formal degree in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Since then, he’s lived essentially as a nomad, moving throughout the United States and jumping across several continents, leaving a trail of murals and paintings along the way. Over the years, he has spent time anchored in New York and participated in numerous group shows, including at Exit Art. Later in San Francisco (2011-14), he conjured up a number of murals, making a mark as one of Facebook’s first artists-in-residence. Though Matas continues to follow art wherever it takes him (most recently London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Taiwan), he now lives primarily in a village in the North Indian Himalayas. In 2018, Matas spent several months in Nepal working as a production designer and painter on Khyentse Norbu’s upcoming feature film “Looking For a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache.”

Works

 

Let Us Work Together For a World of Success
Jonathan Matas
Oil and china marker on canvas
60 x 48in
$6,000Inquire

 

Untitled
Jonathan Matas
Oil on canvas
48 x 36in
$3,500Inquire

 

Deep Looking
Jonathan Matas
Oil and crayon on canvas
87 x 49in
$7,000Inquire

 

Pink Chair
Jonathan Matas
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48 x 36in
$4,000Inquire

 

No Technique
Jonathan Matas
Oil, crayon and china marker on found canvas
68 x 43in
$5,000Inquire

 

Tales From The Ground Floor
Jonathan Matas
Oil and crayon on canvas
59 x 59in
$6,000Inquire

 

Play Balloon With Friends
Jonathan Matas
Spraypaint, oil, enamel, and paint rags on canvas
30 x 28in
$2,500Inquire

 

Tangential Surface
Jonathan Matas
Oil and china marker on canvas
28 x 24in
$2,500

 

Literally No One: The Storage Unit
Jonathan Matas
Acrylic, oil, enamel on canvas
30 x 40in
$3,000Inquire

 

Ivan
Jonathan Matas
Oil on canvas
40 x 30in
$3,000

 

Watching The Birds In The Mist Play Over The Ballpark
Jonathan Matas
Oil and charcoal on canvas
87 x 49in
$7,000Inquire

 

The Mirror
Jonathan Matas
Oil on canvas
40 x 30in
$3,000Inquire

 

Hill Bomber, Echo Park
Jonathan Matas
Acrylic and crayon on canvas
60 x 48in
$5,000Inquire

 

Kyle With Meme Juice
Jonathan Matas
Acrylic and crayon on canvas
60 x 48in
$5,000Inquire

 

Compendium Of Moments
Jonathan Matas
Oil and china marker on canvas
48 x 36in
$4,000Inquire

 

ddidds
Jonathan Matas
Oil and graphite on canvas
40 x 30in
$3,000Inquire

 

Neither This Nor That
Jonathan Matas
Ink on paper
21.5 x 18.5in
$500

 

Let Mistakes Be Your Best Enemy
Jonathan Matas
Watercolor on paper
22.5 x 16.5in
$500Inquire

 

Everyone Is Invited To The Party Vol. 2
Jonathan Matas
Watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, and acrylic on paper
35 x 27.5in
$2,500Inquire

 

Early Spring
Jonathan Matas
Acrylic on paper
35 x 27.5in
$1,200Inquire

 

Untitled
Jonathan Matas
Watercolor on paper
24.5 x 19in
$1,000Inquire

 

The Most Attractive Clothi
Jonathan Matas
Watercolor and graphite on paper
35 x 27.5in
$1,200Inquire

 

Untitled
Jonathan Matas
Watercolor on paper
35 x 27.5in
$1,200Inquire

 

Winter Night in 台湾, Boba Tea
Jonathan Matas
Acrylic on paper
48.5 x 36.5in
$3,000Inquire

 

BEFL IE EROOVY
Jonathan Matas
Ink on paper
21.5 x 18.5in
$500

 

Bookstore, Parque Echo
Jonathan Matas
Ink on paper
21.5 x 18.5in
$500Inquire

 

Ferrari
Jonathan Matas
Colored pencil on paper
28.5 x 23.5in
$700Inquire

 

KZ
Jonathan Matas
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
28.5 x 23.5in
$700Inquire