Matt Condron

"What fascinates me about painting in a realistic manner is the ability to render environments that might evoke mood states or memories for a viewer. I strive to create a field whereby objects appear to occupy space, possess orientation, have texture, and even temperature. Each chosen subject presents a different challenge to me…a different way with which to understand the items and the environments I’m trying to represent. At a very specific yet always unexpected moment during the painting process, the piece jumps to life and communicates something to me that I don’t get in the same way when I’m looking at the source photograph. For me, the finished painting is far more dynamic and possesses a life of its own.

Though my work may appear photo-realistic, I do not refer to myself as a member of the genre. I am not committed to reproducing the exact and entire content of a photograph. Instead of painting toward pure objectivity, I look for a middle ground between accurate representation and something more lyrical. I also tend to remove the human figure from my work so the viewer can enter into the space or narrative of the painting by themselves…alone and uninterrupted."

Matt Condron, "Everything Changed that Day," 2014, oil on canvas on panel, 30 x 40 inches, $5,200

Matt Condron, "Everything Changed that Day," 2014, oil on canvas on panel, 30 x 40 inches, $5,200

Matt Condron, "Fields Diner," 2012, oil on canvas on panel, 25 x 25 inches, $4,200

Matt Condron, "Fields Diner," 2012, oil on canvas on panel, 25 x 25 inches, $4,200

Matt Condron, "Above the Valley," 2014, oil on canvas on panel, 30 x 40 inches, $5,200

Matt Condron, "Above the Valley," 2014, oil on canvas on panel, 30 x 40 inches, $5,200

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ARTIST STATEMENT

"What fascinates me about painting in a realistic manner is the ability to render environments that might evoke mood states or memories for a viewer. I strive to create a field whereby objects appear to occupy space, possess orientation, have texture, and even temperature. Each chosen subject presents a different challenge to me…a different way with which to understand the items and the environments I’m trying to represent. At a very specific yet always unexpected moment during the painting process, the piece jumps to life and communicates something to me that I don’t get in the same way when I’m looking at the source photograph. For me, the finished painting is far more dynamic and possesses a life of its own.

Though my work may appear photo-realistic, I do not refer to myself as a member of the genre. I am not committed to reproducing the exact and entire content of a photograph. Instead of painting toward pure objectivity, I look for a middle ground between accurate representation and something more lyrical. I also tend to remove the human figure from my work so the viewer can enter into the space or narrative of the painting by themselves…alone and uninterrupted."

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