Hunkering down, time to be creative. I’m enjoying florals, gems and stars at the moment.
League Game Digital Image 2020
Some new work, playing with the idea of still life and pattern. I have been mildly obsessed with the Rococo as of late and can see parallels between that age and our own. Social media is the new garden party or fête galante heralding the Nurococo. I like the idea of playing with opulence as decoration and image replacing meaning.
A little about my process: The images are digital, I create everything with a tablet and a stylus. I use Artrage and Procreate with minor fine tuning in Photoshop. There is no copy and paste, no filters, no ghost in the machine. All aspects are hand drawn: pattern, gems (one triangle at a time) etc. Painterly aspects are created in Artrage, wet into wet for flowers, landscape elements and abstract expressionist flourishes. I use multiple layers and sometimes repeat layers but for the most part I want my hand to be visible.
For more, come find me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/matthew.catalano/
It’s been a little quiet around here this summer. I was away for a month, where my wife and I had the extreme pleasure in participating in an Artist in Residence program at the Muong Cultural Center near Hoa Binh in northern Vietnam. We were there for a week and then spent another 3 exploring that brilliant country. Here’s one of the works I made with my time there.