Biography: A studio artist exhibiting for two decades, Matthew Kinsey creates carefully crafted representational paintings of figures and still life, using the techniques and processes of the Old Masters. His works are included in many fine private collections, and his skills as a portraitist continue to be sought out by patrons both regional and national. Mr. Kinsey attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, a high-intensity, five year program based on the Bauhaus curriculum with emphasis on drawing, design principles and color theory. While there, Matthew studied under Neil Riley, Charles Hall, Douglas Norman and Nathaniel Larrabee, and attended lectures by many leading artists, including Jules Kirschenbaum, Robert Kulick and CCAD alumnus Dean Mitchell. During his studies, meetings with artists such as illustrator Gennady Spirin and painter Felix De La Concha, a student of Antonio Lopez-Garcia made Matthew acutely aware that the tradition of representational painting had continued unbroken, contrary to the orthodox assertions of art historians. The chance discovery in the late 1980s of a book on the work of Pietro Annigoni confirmed for Matthew that even at the height of Modernism, a glowing ember of the great figurative tradition was still alive. Inspired by Professor Norman's knowledge of traditional painting materials and processes and passionate devotion to craft and Professor Riley's powerful distillation of the core principles of observational painting, Kinsey completed his BFA with the ambition to create pictures that would continue the best traditions of historic figurative art. After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1991, Matthew began independently studying traditional methods of painting, observing master works and reading historic texts in a pursuit that continues today. Frequently cautioned by art museum staff to step back from the pictures, Kinsey takes every opportunity to scrutinize the surfaces of master paintings, especially unfinished works and sketches which reveal the brushstroke and sequence of application. Many of the resources Mr. Kinsey has collected are available freely from his educational website, www.classicalworkshop.com. As Consulting Technical Editor for the Utrecht Art Supplies Resource Guide, Matthew wrote dozens of original instructional articles and produced supporting illustrations, and continues to give lectures and demonstrations, sharing his understanding of the craft. His paintings have been published in the Utrecht Catalog with product endorsements, and he has exhibited and lectured at colleges and universities. Now a full-time studio artist, Matthew Kinsey has been retained by Utrecht as a lecturer and technical consultant. The work of Matthew Kinsey is represented in Columbus by Art Access Gallery, 540 South Drexel Avenue, Bexley, OH 43209 (614-338-8325), in Cincinnati by Closson's, 10100 Montgomery Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45242 (513-891-5531), in Cleveland by Mitchell Sotka,19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 (440-333-1735) and in Ann Arbor by Pierre Paul Art Gallery, 3370 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor Michigan 48104 (734-975-1050). Collectors seeking to commission works of portraiture should contact the artist directly.
Country: United States
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