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Matt Small  London, UK


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About Matt


Matthew Small’s work has strong urban roots. By using scrap metal as his canvas he brings physical elements of the city directly into his work. Likewise, his subjects are sourced anonymously and at random from the streets of London. The identity of individual subjects is of secondary importance to the power and general aesthetic of his portrait painting.


Recommended by our guest curators


Scott Naismith

Glasgow, Scotland artist

"I have a real love for work that controls the uncontrollable. Organised chaos I find compelling. To take a deliberate idea and make it appear accidental or spontaneous. Matt's work does all this at the same time as celebrating the medium of paint. I'm a colour junkie and I love his relationships of saturated and unsaturated colour."

Dennis Ammann

Owner, 5 Pieces Gallery

"Matt's paintings on found objects collected from the streets are truly honest observations of real people full of humanity and respect. I really like his work as it's very complex and difficult, he doesn't pander to any conventions."


Matt appears in the following Top 10 lists


'UK'

'2010'


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This is amazing!!! I wish i had that kind of talent!!
*;~)

butiful !

love color and paint slatter

beauty, depth, i want to look at them for hours

Nothing Speaks to you as much as these two pieces.
The Braveness of using such bold and illuminating colours is outstanding

this painting has such life and beauty to it, i love it

THE CLARITY OF THE EYE MAKES THE PIECE CAUSE QUITE A DOUBLE TAKE. IT MAKES YOU PAUSE AND REALLY LOOK.

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!

Wow...amazing looks like the face is emerging through the canvas...

The colors are brillant!
The subjects capture the flexibility of a colored MAN-breaking thru the sterotypical preception of a colored MAN; into one of courage, movement, strength, & great expectation.

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