At the age of 22, New Yorker Matthew Craven first enrolled in art school as a student focusing on abstract painting. However, after a short amount of time and an epiphany, Craven came to realize that the dialogue of abstract painting did not fit his aesthetic nor what he was most interested in displaying or communicating through the arts. A friend in art school gave Matthew a bag of old frames so that he could use them to display his own work. The frames happened to have images of ancient American culture already and instead of trashing them, Craven used them and drew over them to create very experimental pieces. This experiment created seemingly immediate exposure and interest from the art world and became Craven’s niche in the art world. The artist follows many rules that he has placed on himself to ensure the content all fits in the same context as if coming from the same voice, despite the diversity of images. Through this art he communicates a beautiful and often overlooked sense of universality between our world and the world of the ancients. He connects the art world from centuries ago to today’s and gives us a new lens by which we can see it. Explore his beautiful world below!
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Published by Benjamin Sang