Bobby Mathieson

My practice shifts from painting scenes in which haunting visceral floral laden landscapes and still life expressively inform their subjects. These images move toward a form of portraiture that is increasingly locating these signifiers within the subjects themselves. 

The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife create a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces.