Matthias van Arkel

In his paintings, Matthias van Arkel combines a vibrant expressionistic approach with conceptual references to minimalism. He uses the materiality of paint itself as his main expression, resulting in visually intriguing objects that interact with the surrounding space. Although the brushstrokes in his sculptural paintings may have an almost industrial design, the cut and folding layers of the platinum silicone rubber are individually modeled by hand. Van Arkel’s “anti-compositions” are the result of decisions based on a tension between conscious and intuitive knowledge.

Matthias van Arkel (b. 1967) holds an MFA from University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and has also studied at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. He has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented in prominent public and private collections, including Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Public Art Agency Sweden, Stockholm Art Council and Borås Art Museum. Public commissions include Jakobsberg bus terminal (2011), Kumla Bath (2012), Atlantic Plumbing Building, Washington DC (2015) and Värtahamnen ferry terminal.

Press

2016
”Materialiteten som betydelsebärare
Leif Mattson / Omkonst Read more…

2013
”Plastiga paket tar form på gallerier”
Håkan Nilsson / SvD Read more…

2012
”Fyrtiofem års subjektivitet”
Niels Herbert / Omkonst Read more…
”Från färgform till hyperrealism”
Martin Hägg / Omkonst Read more…

2010
”Materialitet och bräcklighet”
Leif Mattsson / Omkonst Read more…
”Matthias van Arkel på Galerie Aronowitsch”
Anders Olofsson / konsten.net Read more…

Exhibitions

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