Matthew Best: Paintings, solo exhibition at EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT

#burtreynolds, 2014. 24 by 36 inches. acrylic on panel.


My first solo show of 2014 will be up for two weeks (March 24- April 5) at Hartford's newest art gallery, EBK Gallery ( The show will include some recent work that I haven't shown before as well as the 50 Cent Box. It will be the first time the 50 Cent Box has been exhibited in Connecticut outside of my studio.

There will be a closing reception on Saturday, April 5 from 6-8:30pm. Gallery hours are by request but the show can easily be seen from the street on off hours.


#lonianderson, 2014. 24 by 24 inches. acrylic on panel.

10,000 Things: Recent Paintings at ECA+


Untitled, 2013. 30 by 40 inches.

     In October I will be having a solo show of new paintings at ECA+ Gallery ( in Eashampton, MA. There will be an opening reception on October 12. This show represents the majority of my efforts for the last year or more. This show is about sensory experience, experiencing the world with all of the senses all at once. 

    I’ve always experienced the world as a tidal wave of sensory information; the five senses competing constantly for my attention. This series of paintings uses the vocabulary of painting to find new ways of depicting the overload, the collapse of the senses into visual form.  It makes use of paintings ability to condense moments of time into a fixed but dynamic image.

     I have become increasingly interested in examining how I process this information, what attracts my eye (pattern, color, contrast), what I love about music (repetition, layering, time). My brain constantly breaks things apart, small part of the whole interest me more than the whole. I find I generally never look at entirety of things; it is too hard to process. Smaller parts are more digestible. My aim was to create paintings that function in the same way; they can be taken as whole but also in smaller bits. Like music this becomes an experience that happens over time. Your eye can follow a particular line as it moves in and out of the picture plane, as color shifts, as layers move in and out of focus. The painting becomes a particular kind of space. This space exists in-between the micro and macro, drawing and writing, interior (mind) and exterior (the body and/or landscape).

     The conflicting stimuli collapse into one another. Layers are built up out of an alternating between an opacity that obscures and hides and a revealing translucency.  Some shapes are completely hidden; other shapes more deeply embedded in the picture plane are exposed by scrapped and sanding the painting down.

Moose Disco, 2013. Acrylic on panel. 24 by 24 inches.

Matthew Best and Chris Rusak: New Paintings at the Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington, ME.

Moose Disco, 2013. Acrylic on panel. 24 by 24 inches.

Chris Rusak's Spectra, acrylic on fiberglass, 2013


“Chris Rusak and Matthew Best: New Paintings”

Emery Community Arts Center
University of Maine, Farmington
July 25 to September 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25th, 4 to 6pm



Our Expanding Circle: Paper New England's 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Hartford.


My untitled 2012 ink on paper drawing will be included in Paper  New England's 5th Anniversary Exhibition at Artspace Gallery, Hartford,CT. The show will be on view from June 15 to July 14 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 15 from 6:30-9:00pm.

Untitled, 2012. ink on paper, 22 by 30 inches.

New Works at Gallery 19, Chicago, IL.


I will be the featured artist alongside Ashley Nason in New Works at Gallery 19, Chicago, IL. The show runs from June 14 to July 7 with an opening reception on the 14th from 6:30 to 10pm.

The show will also feature works by artists Shira Ballon, Stephanie Barlow, Jason House and John McCauhey.