Sarah Sculley | 19 May 2016

Brisbane-based contemporary art gallery, TWFINEART focuses its portfolio on the latest art trends from around the world. The gallery’s current exhibition, Elegant Brutality is a vibrant and layered collection of abstract paintings, prints and animations by Matt Sheridan. The Los Angeles-based artist’s exhibition explores meaningful complications of colliding simplicities in his latest collection comprising of eight small paintings, four prints (which are stills derived from Sheridan’s video Follower (2016), in which swaggering paint strokes are surrounded by teeming planes of colour, and ‘painting-in-motion’ animations.

Sheridan projects video animations against his paintings and by bringing these mediums together he generates a hybrid of ever changing and graphic expressionism. Viewing the digital images on stills is mesmerising with vivid eruptions of textures and colours that are derived from flesh, money, and video. The motivation behind these works was “to see which ones win” says Sheridan.

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Elegant Brutality features three large paintings Walk-In Closet, Intersectional and Get a Grip, that are standalone works that utilise the harmoniously un-harmonious palette featured throughout the collection and are highly contrasted between the light and dark elements with intense compositions that demand consideration.
The concept behind Elegant Brutality was to create works that compete with television’s action, spectacle and vulgarity, edited to have no wasted motion while proudly doing unsavoury yet delectably tactile things.

Having recently moved to an exciting new space in Fortitude Valley TWFINEART’s sleek and minimalistic gallery is an impressive canvas for the contemporary works within and succeeds in heightening the Elegant Brutality exhibition.

In addition to selling high value one-off works, TWFINEART also collaborates with artists to create a more affordable limited edition print collection.  Still authentic and collectible, the print collection is accessible to a broader audience.

Elegant Brutality by Matt Sheridan will be on exhibition at TWFINEART until Saturday May 28. 

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