Mattheis hand is always present in his work, bringing the artist’s response to place onto the canvas, what the eyes see but more, a connection with the surroundings. The work is done spontaneously, the genius of a place is captured in a single day. In a place of stillness, life spirit flows. If one takes too much time, the spirit slips away. Color is always an opportunity for an experiment, discovering unexpected combinations, working with the interplay between transparency and opacity, testing what the medium can do. The painting is not a record of specifics, it is a mediation.
The modern world moves at impossible unstoppable pace. Mattheis takes the time to stop and savor it by drawing and painting, and you see this deeply in his work. The painting evokes the viewers own memories. When observing, you feel the visceral quality, the raw emotion. Reconnecting you with nature. Mattheis grew up in Wisconsin at the edge of a forest. Surrounded by it every day, the deep resonance of wild places alive with a vital energy, and invisible hum of life force. Educated as an Architect, Mattheis is self-taught as a painter. He lives, paints and works in Evanston.
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