Matthew Best: Paintings and Collages

Images from my recent solo show at the Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. This show was the first time I have shown my paintings, collages, and works on paper at the same time. It was also the first time I have shown my recent oil paintings. It was interesting to see the relationships that developed between such a broad cross section of my work of the last three years. 

Cool + Collected at Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT

Cool + Collected was the first show at Melanie Carr Gallery in Essex, CT from October 21 - December 31, 2017. 

The gallery described the show as:

Cool + Collected features the artwork of 14 Connecticut based contemporary artists. All artists included in this inaugural exhibition are artists whose work I collect and have lived with in my home over the past several years. This exhibition includes a curated selection of each artist’s work. 


We all collect/acquire items and objects - some of us more than others. The thing about acquiring/living with original works of art, is this - as time passes, the meaning of the work may shift or change; become deeper, more challenging, more meaningful, or, more relevant. Not unlike relationships, the dialog and stimulation of looking critically at artwork over time is like having a conversation with someone that leaves a lasting impression, one that probes, inspires, and asks questions instead of answering them.  


All artists exhibiting in Cool + Collected are a group of dynamic artists, fully engaged in their practice, and in their creative lives. Enjoy the exhibition, and remember, looking is not seeing. 


-Melanie Carr

 It was an honor to be part of the first show in this exciting new gallery. Several of my collages, including the two below are still available from the gallery's flatfiles.

Social Patterns


Social Patterns

  • Saturday, January 20, 20183:00 PM 
    Saturday, May 5, 20184:00 PM
  • Perspectives Gallery @ Whitney Center200 Leeder Hill Drive, South EntranceHamden, CT, 06517United States (map)

Faustin Adeniran, Matthew Best, Jacquelyn Gleisner, Hong Hong and Roxanne Faber Savage

Social Patterns features work by Faustin Adeniran, Matthew Best, Jacquelyn Gleisner, Hong Hong and Roxanne Faber Savage. This satellite show explores the relationship between materials, pattern and culture is a counterpart to Social Patterns on view at Perspectives Gallery @ Whitney Center in Hamden, a program of ECOCA.

Solo show, Diary. Recent paintings.

Final Painting of the Old Order, 2017. Acyrlic on canvas, 30 by 30 inches.

I will be having my largest solo show to date at Marketview Arts ( at York College in York, PA. The show will be up from March 28 to May 6. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, May 5.

The show is almost a mini retrospective of my work from 2014 to now. I have never had a show with this many paintings or that represented so many years of work. I'm excited to see how it plays together. I am calling the show Diary because my work tends to be just that, my diary. My life bleeds into my work in coded form.

There will be a catalog for the show with an essay by artist Amy Boone-McCreesh. More information on Amy can be found here:

Day of Patriotic Devotion, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 36 by 36 inches.

#lonianderon, 2014. Acrylic on panel. 30 by 30 inches.

Alternative Facts at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

"YUGE" collage, 2017


Political post warning...

I will have several recent pieces (one collage, four small paintings) in the show Alternate Facts organzied by artist Joe Bun Keo ( at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art ( in New Haven, CT. The show will be on view Sunday, March 5 - April 9, 2017 with an opening receptions on Sunday, March 5 from 1-4pm. I'm very excited to be showing alonside Sheri Schwartz (  and David Borawski ( 

Alternative Facts is part of a group of five shows at the Ely House called "In Grace We Trust". The other shows will be “Nevertheless, she persisted,” “The Future is Women,” “Pay Attention,” and “Water is Life.”



These shows will take up the upstairs and then there will be another works downstairs.


The purpose of this is to honor Grace T Ely and to celebrate the gallery being reopened.


"Fuck Trump" 2017, gouache and ink on paper.

"Attempts to put out a forest fire with a shovel" 2016, gouache and ink on paper