Entries in drawing (19)

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. 


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. 

Through Our Eyes

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 gallery was created by artists with autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. 

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 18 from 1-4pm.  The exhibit will be up from March 18th to April 30th. Please stop by sometime! 

More information about the show can be found on their website (http://www.rihs.org/museums/museum-of-work-and-culture/)


**Featured artwork: "When I Grow Up". Created by children from the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Inpatient Unit at Bradley Hospital. Facilitating art therapists: Melissa Weaver and Maegan Gubata.


John M. Williams, The Great Wall of China

Ian Deslaurier, Puzzle Shapes

Madalyn Armstrong, "there are petals in the aisles"

Through Our Eyes: Call for Artists


I'm honored to be helping curate and organize Through Our Eyes, and art exhibit dedicated to art created by people with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The show will open on March 18 at the Museum of Work in Culture in Woonsocket, RI (http://www.rihs.org/museums/museum-of-work-and-culture/). 

We are looking for all types of art, traditional 2D and 3D artwork as well as digital media and performance. As there is limited time to organize the show I am primarily looking for artists who can get their work to Rhode Island easily, so a proximity to Providence, RI or Hartford, CT is a bonus. 

The deadline for submission is February 3, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to RICart@Lifespan.org or you can email me at matthewjbest@gmail.com. You may submit up to five pieces. It is my intention to show at least one piece per artist. Artwork that celebrates the theme of the exhibition are welcomed. 


"Working it Out," the Painting Center, New York


The 50 Cents Box is heading to New York! It will be included in the group show, "Working it Out" at the Painting Center (http://www.thepaintingcenter.org/exhibitions/working-it-out). The box will be newly packed with drawings for the show.

The central theme of the show is sketches and unfinished works, the Painting Center describes it as:

The Painting Center, a gallery in the heart of Chelsea, announces a call for entries for its upcoming juried exhibition entitled WORKING IT OUT, running from June 18th to July 13th, 2013. The exhibit will be accompanied by a printed catalog and will be widely publicized. Artists of all disciplines begin their creative process with preparatory drawings. This enables visual problem solving throughout the execution of an artwork that is both fluid and beautiful. Drawing can be an exploration of materials, mark making, the emotional tenor of a piece, compositional arrangements or color. Working drawings are the visual manifestation of a work in progress; a working idea. Typically, this work is not seen by the public. These are private musings that reflect thought processes. They are, by definition, incomplete. This exhibition will allow the viewer to see the private world of the artist’s creative process.

The show runs from June 18, 2013 - July 27, 2013 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 20, 2013,  6-8pm