MATTHEW SMALL - ARTIST INFO
London-based artist Matthew Small (1975, UK) has graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2000. He captures portraits of people on the street and paints with both oil and water based pigment, the result is a brilliant mishmash of brazen, strong imagery. Vivid and saturated colors which swirl and drip around each face, distorting the features just enough to lend interest and project their own brash identity.
By using found objects collected from the streets as his canvas he brings physical elements of the city directly into his work. Small typically focuses on marginalized populations as subjects for his portrait pieces who usually go unnoticed and ignored by society. Full of humanity, pride and compassion Small creates energetic and colorful paintings. His works have been exhibited worldwide.