Entries in artist (71)

New Online Store

I'm excited to announce I now have an online store: https://squareup.com/store/matthew-best-studio/.

I'm in the process of adding more and more items to it but for now I have a number of works on paper I have been working on as well as a few collages of Madonna and George Michael. I will be adding more items, including paintings over the next few weeks. Please check it out. 

The newest work in the store is a series I call "Thirty Days of Donna."  I am making from video stills of Donna Summer performing "I Feel Love" as a project  for pride month. I'm making at least one of these every day in June. Each piece is one of a kind and is made with acrylic paint and acrylic ink, executed on irregularly torn paper (there will often be the remains of an older drawing on the back). 


Related to this I'm offering a few collages for sale. 


Art for AIDS benefit, Artspace, Hartfort, CT


Untitled, 2018. 12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas. 

Untitled, 2018. 12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas. 

AIDS Connecticut (ACT) is pleased to invite you to the 9th Annual Art for AIDS fundraiser. Proceeds benefit ACT with a portion going to The Richard B. Fried Fund for ACT, a permanent endowment administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The event will be held on Saturday, June 9, 7pm at ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT.

The evening will include an art show/sale and an exciting art grab emceed by Colin McEnroe and Carolyn Paine. Each guest will take home an original 12"x12" piece of art created by a local artist on a canvas donated by Jerry's Artarama. Prices are $60 for General Admission, $100 for VIP, $200 for Exclusive VIP, $300 for Winner's Circle-3rd Choice, $400 for Winner's Circle-2nd Choice, and $500 for Winner's Circle-1st Choice. All guests will enjoy musical entertainment by Axcénted DJ, delicious appetizers and desserts by local restaurants, and complimentary beverages by Harvest Wine & Spirits.

For more information about the event visit aids-ct.org.

Art Party of the Year at New Britain Museum of American Art 

I will have a painting on auction at the New Britain Museum of American Art during their 17th annual Spring Gala, Art Party of the Year event taking place on Saturday, May 6. Go to www.artpartyoftheyear.org to preview, pre-bid, or set your maximum bid via BidPal mobile bidding. More information about the event can be found here: http://www.nbmaa.org/event/the-art-party-of-the-year.

Queen Kitty Glitch, 2018. Oil on canvas.


Silence Breakers

Silence Breakers

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, March 8, 5-8pm.
  • Closeing Reception, Thursday, April 5, 5-8pm.
  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art51 Trumbull Street New Haven, CT, 06510

An unjuried exhibition in collaboration with Nasty Women Connecticut

This year, Ely Center of Contemporary Art is collaborating with Nasty Women Connecticut for the group exhibition Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity in the home, providing room to explore ideas around gender, equity, sexuality, individuality and domestic life.

Each year during Women’s History Month, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (ECOCA) showcases In Grace We Trust, an annual exhibition that commemorates the philanthropic work of Grace Taylor Ely.  During her lifetime, Grace transformed her home at 51 Trumbull Street into a space for local watercolorists and ceramicists to gather and show their work.  Since her passing, the Ely Estate and Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art have carried on this tradition, stewarding the building as a nurturing pillar of New Haven’s artist communities. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change — a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges, and rise together to create our future narratives.

Throughout the month of March, the Ely Center will host a series of programs related to this year’s theme, including a panel discussion moderated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, performances, film screenings, nights, workshops, and artists talks. 

On a personal level I'm really excited to be showing two pieces in Silence Breakers at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven, CT. The two pieces I'm showing are shall we say, difficult pieces to place. They are openly political and come directly out of my fear and anger due to the election of Donald Trump as president: 

November 9, 2016  I went to the studio and wrote the word “FUCK” on a clean white canvas. It was all I could do that day. Fuck was the perfect word; it can be a declaration of anger or a declaration of exhaustion and defeat. It was all I could say that day. All other words failed me. 

It took days of fumbling around in the studio to figure out how to make art in this new world. The studio had always been my refuge from the world. This  place where I feel safe, where I go to rid myself of fears and anxieties, had been taken away from me.  My near constant anxiety manifested in my art. Colors became darker and more intense, shapes became twisted and tense.

The works in this show reveal my conflicting emotions in this new world. It represents darkness, satire, and even hope inspired by the march on Washington DC and other cities all over the world. New art for a new era.

Through Our Eyes: Self Portrait

Self Portrait by Kimbery Gerry-Tucker

Through Our Eyes: Self-Portrait, Artists on the Autism Spectrum.

For the second year in a row I've had the honor of curating Through Our Eyes, an art show for artists on the autism spectrum. I particularly love this show because of diverse range of artists who take part in it, from children to professional artists. The theme of this year's show is "self-portrait." Not a literal self-portrait, although it can be, more a view of how the artists see themselves, what they love, how they see the world.

The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and the RI Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment invite you to join us for art and refreshments. All of the work displayed in the exhibit was created by artists on the autism spectrum. The purpose of this exhibit is to celebrate their creativity and talents. The artists each have a unique view of the world, and the collection as a whole allows visitors to catch a glimpse of life as seen by people on the spectrum.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 10 from 1-3pm.  If you can’t make the opening night, the exhibit will be up from March 10th to April 30th, and will be free and open to the public. Stop in anytime! More information can be found here: http://www.brainweekri.org/through-our-eyes-2018/
Michael Madore, New Arrivals