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Matthew Sketch

Matthew Sketch, Civil Twilight #3

Matthew Sketch is a painter and draftsman based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His motifs vary widely: from animals, and celebrities to interiors and abstractions, Sketch’s practice finds its coherence, not in content, but in approach. His works grow out of his personal relationships, his sensitivity to the objects and spaces memories attach themselves to, and a particular kind of intimacy that he achieves in his solitary encounters with nature. He speaks about social justice issues and his experience as a Black man in America. His gestures sprawl across the canvas in strong colours and thick strokes as if arranged by magnetic force. These dynamic surfaces draw the viewer in – an invitation to see the world from inside Sketch’s eye: wild and complex and full of emotion.