MATTHEW
GRABELSKY

Oil Paintings of Animal Heads

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Matthew Grabelsky is an artist from New York. After finishing his studies in Art and Astrophysics, Matthew moved to Florence, Italy, where he spent four years studying the techniques of classical drawing and painting. Science taught him how to observe the world, and art has allowed him to express his relationship to it.

Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Matthew superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. The animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, literally revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.

His work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. His paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented. Matthew paints in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and he uses this visual language to craft modern narratives.

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Matthew Grabelsky is an artist from New York. After finishing his studies in Art and Astrophysics, Matthew moved to Florence, Italy, where he spent four years studying the techniques of classical drawing and painting. Science taught him how to observe the world, and art has allowed him to express his relationship to it.

Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Matthew superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. The animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, literally revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.

His work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. His paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented. Matthew paints in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and he uses this visual language to craft modern narratives.

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Matthew Grabelsky is an artist from New York. After finishing his studies in Art and Astrophysics, Matthew moved to Florence, Italy, where he spent four years studying the techniques of classical drawing and painting. Science taught him how to observe the world, and art has allowed him to express his relationship to it.

Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Matthew superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. The animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, literally revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.

His work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. His paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented. Matthew paints in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and he uses this visual language to craft modern narratives.

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