This exhibition combines narrative oil paintings by Pat Snow with mixed media
constructions by Matthew John Winters to examine the process of revisiting and
reworking captured images. Whereas Pat Snow is exploring the effects of translating
images into different mediums, the work by Matthew John Winters is about the voyage
from image to final product.
Pat Snow's most recent work continues his
practice of story telling through narrative portraits,
but from an entirely new perspective. By
interpreting his previous watercolor works in
larger oil paintings, he attempts to capture the
immediacy and light effects of a watercolor and
translate that into the lush vernacular of oils. He
gathers the raw materials for his art from the
personal, popular media, and found photographs.
Through his interpretation, and then
reinterpretation of these images, Pat investigates
the boundary between high and low art.
Matthew John Winters
My work seeks to make a connection between
process and journey. All of the elements that I
choose to work with, whether it be pen and
paper, wood and paint, or light and digital
image, have all undergone a change in state.
These things go through a strange magic as
they are cast aside or incorporated into an
artwork. Out of the confusion and surrender an
idea will turn to stone and materialize. When I
find an image or material and I can't get it out of
my head I will pull together multiple elements for
a showdown that takes me across a tightrope
into the soul desert. When these ideas coalesce
perfectly I achieve a moment in paradise, Shangri-la, Eldorado. This voyage allows me to
allow these elements to live and evolve, across time and space, to find their true
potential. Don't bring me down.