Our dear friend and listener Matty Lew has just made the Advocate's 40 under 40 list!!!
From the Advocate:
One-of-a-kind, limited edition, and exclusive are terms that sell in the art world, but for Chicago artist Matthew Lew, the opposite has always been true. “Everyone should be able to have art on their walls,” he says.
Although prints of his works are widely available at stores like CB2 (a Crate and Barrel spin-off), they’re not homogenized. Location informs his process. For some of his works, Lew has infused his paints with waters and wines from around the world, to make them more emblematic of the places they portray. Lew is also inspired by the iconography of Chicago’s skyline and has created a series of multimedia works that
resemble the extruded towers and exaggerated verticality of artist Wayne Thiebaud’s San Francisco cityscapes.
“These paintings have a lot to do with the city’s architecture and how diverse it is,” Lew says. The mottling of bold colors in his works echo America’s quintessential multicultural metropolis and underscore the celebratory nature of his palette. Lew’s inclusive approach extends to his work in collage, photography, abstract art, and landscape painting.
“The way I make art is a process of complete experimentation. I could be inspired by the color combinations in an scene from SpongeBob SquarePants -- I never know where it’s going to come from.”
(via The Advocate)
Check out Matty's art at: http://www.matthewlew.com/
CONGRATS MATTY, WE LOVE YOU!