New Works by Matthew Steidley and JC Carino
Born in suburban Southern California, Matthew took to drawing from an early age. Fascinated by art, he turned his consumption of American culture - comic books, movies, music and skateboarding; into pursuit of a more purposeful existence through creative expression and productivity. Matthew received his BA from San Diego State University in Painting and Illustration with a minor in Art History in 2004. Soon after, he moved to the rural north of Japan where he lived for 7 years; absorbing the culture, re-connecting with nature, and introspecting. The Japanese ethos, language, and meditative arts of Zen - such as ikebana (flower arrangement) and karesansui (stone gardens); have redirected his view of the world and his place in it. Now back in San Diego, he has shifted from traditional oil painting to drawing using a fine tip red ballpoint pen.
Matthew works small and in heavy detail. The work utilizes lines with thousands upon thousands of tiny dots to create form and depth, much the way a stone garden is made from tiny stones raked into repetitive lines in order to create presence. Dichotomy is a recurring theme. Matthew’s work in red pen received Honorable Mention in San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Man exhibition in 2013 and was featured in the European publication Hidden Treasure art magazine in 2014. His work is now being sold worldwide to collectors, enthusiasts, and those who appreciate art. His following on Social Networking continues to grow as does his presence in the art world.
JC Carino has exhibited his art in several group theme shows since 2012. His medium of choice is primarily ink, working with lines and grids creating an image derived from photographs while at the same time slowly introducing abstraction. There are no narratives to the image in itself but rather an appropriation of ideas. The repetition of ink marks he creates are inspired by nature, Sanskrit, tribal tattoos, African pottery and ancient scripts from various cultures. He volunteers as a youth mentor helping kids express themselves through visual communication and trains in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Angola where he takes the philosophies applied to his approach in art making
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