|Biography from Quidley & Company:|
|Matthew Cornell was born in Fairfield, CA in 1964. His earliest
memories are of traveling across the United States by car. His
childhood was, in a sense, the quintessential American experience, as
the automobile, and the family trip was, and still is, ours. It is
these experiences driving across this land at a young age that formed
his way of seeing things. |
Cornell says, “Every year we
traveled across the US and I spent most of my time looking out of the
window and observing the landscape and weather. We moved a lot and I
got to see almost every part of this country. It was a blessing. It
made me aware of the variety and the vastness the US has to offer”.
graduating from college at Long Beach State with a BFA, Cornell set out
to find his way. “I needed to leave LA. College gave me a chance to
work, but it did not teach me at all what I needed to make a living.”
Cornell moved east and painted portraits for a number of years in
Florida and Kentucky. It allowed him to work on his craft and survive,
but ultimately it was only a transitional period to develop his own
style of painting, and rediscover his true passion, the American
Cornell began exhibiting his work in art fairs across
the country, which was a natural choice for someone who enjoyed seeing
the country by car. He found success and won numerous prizes, including
5 Best of Show awards. This encouragment led him to explore many
“I loved doing outdoor shows. It gave
me a chance to really experience this country further and to sell my
work. I blossomed under these conditions. My work became at once
complex and minimal. I could do anything I wanted. And I did”.
Cornell now shows exclusively in galleries and has been part of many group and solo shows since 1997.
current work is focused on richness in detail, juxtaposed by the small
scale of his canvases. He hopes that this intimacy will invite
the viewer to take a closer look and see the huge world that he
creates. More than anything, weather has become the dominant
interest of his landscape painting.
“I have always been
fascinated by the extremes of weather and the power of nature,” he
says. "It is in a constant state of creation and destruction, of origin
and destination. With everyday, the planet begins anew. Nature seeks
equilibrium. It is in a never ending cycle”.
He intends his work to be a celebration of our world.
|Biography from a third party submitted on 02/28/2009:|
From the violent storms that appear across the Plains, to the
contemplative vistas of the Appalachia area, my paintings are sublime
observations, filled with light, color and atmosphere. The
landscape is both dramatized in panoramic vistas and minimized in
simple paintings of the ocean, each with equally effective measures.
The work is created in great detail on a small scale to encourage
a more intimate interaction between art and the viewer. All human
presence has been eliminated, creating an idealized world where nature
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