The show FACES: I Volti dell’Uomo is up and running. It was organized by the Independent Artists group and more information about the show can be found here. My painting Consolation of Philosophy is part of the show. If you happen to be in the Milan metropolitan area, please stop by and see the work. The show closes on December 16th.
My painting of Joan of Arc is currently participating in the Saint Vincent Gallery’s Seventh Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition.
The Biennial Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition was established in 2001 by the late Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B. His untiring pursuit to cultivate and revive the Sacred Arts was the catalyst for the creation of this Competition and Exhibition. Br. Nathan wanted to give artists who engage Catholic subject matter an opportunity to dialogue with the Church and pastors in the hope of creating new, original artworks for churches and liturgical spaces. For the third Competition and Exhibition, famed British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett served as judge. She praised Br. Nathan’s endeavors, noting that, “Artists often come to understand their faith by the actual creation of artworks. We need these artworks, these attempts by artists known or unknown, to share with us their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would that there were hundreds of Brother Nathans in all countries!”
Since its inception, the Competition and Exhibition has received national attention and has blossomed with global interest, spurring submissions and artworks for exhibition from South America to all across Europe. The competition has worked to foster a relationship between artists working in the Catholic Arts.
World-renowned and acclaimed jurors working in the areas of sacred art and art history have brought their expertise to the Competition and Exhibition. Past jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, an art historian specializing in Baroque and Rococo; Duncan G. Stroik, an architect and professor working in classical and sacred architecture; Sr. Wendy Beckett, an art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, an expert in Renaissance and Baroque art who directs and curates the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary; Janet McKenzie, an artist working in sacred art; and Dr. Denis R. McNamara, an architectural historian specializing in the theology of liturgical art at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary on the Lake, Mundelein.”
My painting show above will be participating in a group show near Milano. Organized by the Independent Artists group of Busto Garolfo (MI), the show Faces: I Volti dell’Uomo will explores the idea of identity related to portraiture and its relation to experience. It opens November 24th and runs until December 16th. Please stop by to see the work if you happen to be in the area. The Villa Brentano, where the show will be held, is very special as well.
To find the Facebook event click here.
I am pleased to be included among Daniel Maidman’s Instagram Picks for November on Poets & Artists Magazine’s website. A link to the collection can be found here.
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A photo of the #sightsizemethod setup for my painting in progress “Swan,” oil on linen, 60cm c 80cm. . . #matthewjamescollins #lifesize #fromlife #oilpainting #ateliermethod #contemporaryportraiture #artistsoninstagram #arte #kunst #igersfirenze #modernrenaissance #matthewjamescollinsstudio #heydanielmaidman
The above painting will be participating in a group show that opens this Friday at the 33 Contemporary Gallery in the Zhou Art Center in Chicago. The Chronicles of a Future Foretold is a Poets & Artists exhibition curated by Samuel Peralta. The selection of work explores where figurative art intersects with prevalent themes found in science fiction.
For more information about the show the link is here.
To order a copy of the Poets & Artists publication the link is here.
I am very pleased to share that my painting “The Young Architect” has been included in the #93 Eros Gaze publication of Poets Artists Magazine. It is a wonderful mix of literary and visual metaphor created by Didi Menendez. Print issues of the Eros Gaze are available via Blurb at the following link here.
I have some new works available at the Michael LaConte Gallery in Chicago. They include a couple of still life paintings and plein air landscape sketches. To learn more follow the link here.
Tonight is the award ceremony and opening of the Modportrait 2016 at the Museo IAACC Pablo Serrano in Zaragoza, Spain. My painting Enchanted (shown above) will receive a Honorable Mention. The show will remain up until the end of July before it moves to the MEAM in Barcelona. A link to a nice article in Spanish about the show can here.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the event this evening. I would like to personally thank Jose Enrique Gonzalez, director of Galeria Artelibre, and jury for recognizing my picture. The Galerie Artelibre together with the MEAM under the leadership of Jose Manuel Infiesta have greatly contributed to the reawakening of a sincere appreciation of figurative art in Europe.