What I love most about Matt's paintings are the subtle 1950's quality they have with a new millennium spin on them. His brush strokes remind me of mid-century drawings I'd see in old magazines and books I'd pour over as a little girl at my Grama's. But Matt's colors and bursts of shapes bring me straight back into this day and age. Below are a smattering of some of my favorite pieces of Matt's.
I stumbled upon the work of EKTA during one of my why-am-I-still-awake internet surfathons. I was instantly drawn in by his rich and decisive color usage, and later, wowed by his straight up sprawling body of work. For the past nine years, EKTA has been based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, primarily focused on street art. He also helps run a nonprofit gallery/studio in Gothenburg called ORO, which is where you can find his studio. What I really love about his work is that even though its subject matter keeps pretty loud and surreal, the pieces maintain an understated quality, eschewing the swagger that's so often deep-seated in things "street".
In November, EKTA will have his next formal exhibition at The Don Gallery in Milan with London-based artist, Dave the Chimp. If you can't afford the ticket, his work can also be admired in a number of publications including: Street Sketchbook, Playground Sweden, and others.
Seth and Mark are creating a mobile installation where art can be viewed within a context that highlights and shares their ideals and lifestyle. With this mobile art center, they will showcase their collaborative and individual artworks, video and musical performances, as well as offer insight into this process through an exhibition catalogue. Ultimately, visitors to the Free Life Center will be encouraged to find creativity, optimism, and freedom in their own lives.
Check out Free Life Center's Kickstart page to help them raise more funds and get yourself a few goodies in return. The above print is available through the 31st, or until they run out. Be free.