Inkjet monoprint, sprayed with UV clear gloss protection

241.3 x 217.8 cm (95 1/2 x 85 3/4 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.

This very large format made with an inkjet print applied by hand—“In a way, I become the machine that transcribes the image,” said the artist—seems to be a place for sensitive experimentations. Various bases and media (washes, varnish, photographic reproduction) are juxtaposed to the point of contradicting each other, as do these two large figurative motifs based on the work of a Jamaican photographer, which visually saturate the composition. As is often the case in Justin Matherly's painting, the figurative subject irremediably disappears and is replaced by quasi-abstraction.

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