Inkjet monoprint, sprayed with UV clear gloss protection

66.7 x 62.5 cm (26 1/4 x 24 5/8 in.)

Known for his diverse sculptures that nod to great classical sculpture, New York-based artist Justin Matherly also develops an original pictorial practice as shown in this work.

Characterized by an inkjet print applied by hand—“In a way, I become the machine that transcribes the image,” said the artist—this piece is a concentrate of sensitive experimentations. Color spills over in purple washes on the wide and dark photographic reproduction of a forest. Materials and media superimpose and contradict each other in the transparency of varnish. Although still present, the figurative subject disappears in Justin Matherly's painting, replaced by an abstraction that calls for contemplation.

Held in the Pinault Collection, this and other works by the artist were presented in the unprecedented group show À Triple tour. Collection Pinault (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.
Justin Matherly's other artwork