Matthew Catalano was born in Oshawa Ontario and received his BFA from the University of Waterloo. He currently lives and works in Toronto Ontario.
The new work is playing with the idea of still-life, landscape and pattern. I have been mildly obsessed with the Rococo as of late and can see parallels between that age and our own. Social media is the new garden party or fête galante heralding the Nurococo. I like the idea of playing with opulence as decoration and image replacing meaning.
A little about my process: The images are digital, I create everything with a tablet and a stylus. I use Artrage and Procreate with minor fine tuning in Photoshop. There is no copy and paste, no filters, no ghost in the machine. All aspects are hand drawn: pattern, gems (one triangle at a time) etc. Painterly aspects are created in Artrage, wet into wet for flowers, landscape elements and abstract expressionist flourishes. I use multiple layers and sometimes repeat layers but for the most part I want my hand to be visible.