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Matthew Ryan Herget
Born December 21st, 1990; Matthew Ryan Herget (MR Herget) is an emerging self-taught artist from Miami, FL. At 24 years of age, MR Herget has quickly garnered the attention of gallerists, collectors, art patrons, and writers around the world. Since his first showing in 2012, MR Herget has already amassed an impressive track record and collector base spanning numerous countries around the globe. Following his successful 2014 solo debut, "We Are Kings" with Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, MR Herget packed up everything and moved to Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. He has been featured in Juxtapoz and Luxe Magazine, shown during The Armory Art Fair in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, has been commissioned for large scale real estate projects, will be a featured artist this December during his CONTEXT ArtMiami solo show, and is currently working on upcoming international shows in Mexico, Kuwait, and Bangkok.
MR Herget's work is what he calls, a "constant collaboration" between himself at all points in his life. His paintings are often layered in sketches, notes, "failed" paintings, illustrations from his childhood, or crayon scribbles that coexist with vivid oil paint strokes in which he has coined "contemporary cave paintings." In his work, MR Herget constantly strives to embrace the fearless and confident nature of who he was as a child and partner that with the expanding wisdom of who he is becoming as a professional artist. His earlier paintings consist of juxtapositions of visual metaphors that tend to represent overcoming personal fears and limitations. These juxtapositions mix serious tones with fun imagery, which is again an ode to embracing who he is becoming but at the same time never forgetting where he came from.
In the newest body of work, MR Herget has pushed his boundaries and comfort zone with his "energy studies" in which he has stripped away structure of the image and left it more to interpretation and feeling. MR Herget's paintings have generally consisted of the mediums oil, spray paint, and crayons on canvas. The style of his works have stretched into something much more abstract than we've seen in the past. Thick paint, savage palate knife scrapes, and quick brush strokes, create a timeless feeling of energy on the canvas. Visually, these "energy studies" are vivid and striking. Conceptually, MR Herget has manifested the energy that he feels within himself into something that can be seen. An energy that he refers to as being within all of us.
Being self-taught as an artist, MR Herget quickly learned "the rules" of painting and even quicker, broke them.
“Each piece is a journey in-and-of itself. I’m constantly trying to take it somewhere that I haven’t been before. The way I paint is kind of a metaphor for who I am, and why I’m here. It’s not about taking it to a point where you can see something; it’s about bringing it to a place where you can feel something. We all have a space suit on; whether it sits in the closet or goes to the moon is a choice we get to make. It’s a constant mission of finding ourselves. I think that pursuit is nurtured by consistently pushing ourselves further than we did yesterday. That’s how we change, grow, and evolve. That’s what these paintings are about. It’s pretty simple, but means a lot to me."
MR Herget recently had his debut California solo show, "there's no place like now" with Mugello Contemporary on September 3rd, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA and is currently working on a new body of work for his political and energy study pieces.
Galen Bradley is an artist based out of Miami, FL. He was born in 1988 and grew up on Cape Cod until his family moved to Miami in 2003. Galen's parents encouraged him to draw from a very young age, and he would find solace in the process throughout his youth. He graduated Davidson College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art. Early on he focused his studies on printmaking techniques such as lithography and relief printing, enjoying the intensive process and graphic image quality. He later transitioned to painting in both acrylic and oil, both of which he painstakingly avoided his whole life. Galen's work is heavily influenced by the cinema; he studied film extensively and has made several short films, thus bringing a cinematic sensibility to his non time-based media. His pieces revolve around the figurative and narrative, incorporating autobiographical and science fiction elements.
I was born in 1982 in Mérida, Spain. I lived in Uruguay until I was seven years old. In 2008 I finished my studies in architecture at the University of Barcelona.
In 2002 I moved to Yugoslavia with a scholarship of the university, where, taught by a professor and artist, I did an extensive job on the street, painting war destroyed landscapes, this is where my interest in painting materializes.
Since then, my work toke place in Paris, Porto, Uruguay, Brazil and Barcelona where I produced several works commissioned and also a large research.
Studying architecture has opened me a wide range of possibilities in geometry, color, perspective and proportion that I sometimes take advantage and others I deny it like a basic principle of formal cleaning.