Matt Greene

Matthew  Greene
Lair of the Hessians 2003
Acrylic on canvas
152.4cm x 228.6cm

Matt Greene

Born 1972,
lives and works in Los Angeles
 

These disparate interests are approached by Matt Greene in a hallucinatory, visionary manner allowing them to come together in phantasmagoric splendor on his canvases. In ATTITUDE Matt Greene’s painting Lair of the Hessians condenses masculine fantasises of virility and dominance; swords interchange with guitars and a women emerges, wanton from some dark void in search of her heroic knight. Greene's paintings exude a sexual sophistication that may appear to be a by-product of an overactive male gaze, but his attention is rather to analyse and make an account of the erotic implications behind the this gaze. As if emerging from a waking dream in which an interior fantasy life becomes the vehicle for his multi faceted view. Naturalistic conventions of perspective and scale are replaced with a dreamlike hallucinatory quality that owes something to Victorian fairy painting and the extreme vision of Caspar David Friedrich or eroticism of Hans Bellmer. Figures sometimes first drawn on paper and then pasted on to the canvas emerge and entwine in a landscape of feminine form.