Entries in Matthew Best (75)

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.


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

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.