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First of all, Happy New Year! I have not been around for a while, so I thought it would be nice to stop by and post one of my latest Cityscapes. Piazza Santo Spirito is not just one of my favorite places in Firenze, but it is also one of the first places that I lived when I moved to Firenze back in the 1990s. Every so often I feel the need to do a painting of the altrarno, going back to my roots. I used to live a block away from this squad on Via Santo Spirito, the year was 1996, one of my favorite years so far. Of course I was only 26, so it is hard to top. The thing about the altrarno is that it is still authentic, not many tourists make it all the way over there, even though it is just across the bridge from the Duomo… Continue reading… 0 comments

For several years now I have been researching ways to enhance the 3d experience of looking at a 2d painting. A flat canvas is as 2d as it gets, so the artist's job is to add the illusion of dimension where in reality there is none. For "Il Putto" I have come up with a new idea. By focusing on the statue in the foreground, the background goes double. In photorealism, I think people have forgotten that they see with two eyes, while the camera has only one. That means we are not using all of the information at our disposal when we paint directly from photos. By looking at the statue our eyes cross a little bit, and they continue on their own past the statue adding a blurred double vision of the background… Continue reading… 0 comments

In my latest cityscape painting "Lover's Bridge in Verona" I used a design technique which utilizes the Fibonacci sequence. The painting has dimensions which are 180cm x 80cm. By breaking up the width into two parts we get 50cm + 130cm with the height being 80cm, we get three consecutive Fibonacci numbers, 5, 8, 13. By doing this the overall design of the bridge fits naturally into the famous Fibonacci spiral. We also get two Fibonacci rectangles on the sides of the painting and a perfect square of 80cm x 80cm in the middle between the two Fibonacci rectangles… Continue reading… 1 comment

Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 125cm ____2012, Matthew Bates, Firenze, Italia … Continue reading… 0 comments

Thanks to my collaboration with Galerie D'Orsay in Boston's Back Bay, I have created a new cityscape of Boston. The painting is oil on canvas and has the dimensions of 70cm x 90cm. I am very happy to revisit Boston, where my Mother's family is from. I feel that I have made a connection with my roots that was quite unexpected… Continue reading… 0 comments

Matthew Bates in Boston

by MATTBATES , November 12, 2011—12:00 AM

Topics: Boston, art, canvas, color, oil, painting, realism

Matthew Bates is now showing at Galerie D'Orsay in Boston's Back Bay on Newbury Street. http://www.galerie-dorsay 0 comments

I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the details of my last painting "Sitting on the Steps of the Duomo" so that you can appreciate the intricate details of this painting. To see more be sure to visit my official site on the page of the painting where you will find lots of thumbnail images that when clicked upon become bigger. The thumbnails are below the painting… Continue reading… 0 comments

Santa Trinita Revisited

by MATTBATES , October 3, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: art, bridge, canvas, oil, painting, realism, scene, statue, street

I just got back from Cannes where I visited with Franck Neel the owner and curator of Galerie Neel where this, and other of my paintings are available. Franck has done a stellar job at the galerie, with this painting in particular, the frame is super. It was great to see this painting again. (4th dimensional painting is when you can see more in the design than you can in real life. This painting was designed to bend space and time. After 5 years, I came back to this bridge to make an even larger painting, always loving the overall design of this place.) This painting is available for purchase at Galerie Neel in Cannes. For inquiries call +33 (0) 4 93 68 57 83… Continue reading… 0 comments

Nymph of the Fields 2

by MATTBATES , March 17, 2009—05:57 AM

Topics: art, oil, painting, realism, statue, victorian

Nymph of the Fields Oil on Canvas - 55cm x 90cm __2009, Matthew Bates, Firenze, Italia This is part two of my diptych dedicated to the sculpture at the National Gallery in Washington, DC… Continue reading… 0 comments

Nymph of the Fields

by MATTBATES , February 19, 2009—03:49 PM

Topics: art, canvas, oil, painting, realism, statue

On a recent trip home to Washington, DC, I found this beautiful statue at the National Gallery. I added the background which makes for a stunning contrast between the immobile folds on the statue and the breezy folds of the velvet curtain… Continue reading… 0 comments

Girls of Montmartre

by MATTBATES , October 21, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Girls, Paris, art, canvas, color, oil, painting, scene, street

Girls of Montmartre is my first Paris painting This painting is available for purchase at Neel Gallery in Paris. For inquiries call +33 1 42 77 91 73… Continue reading… 0 comments

Victorian Greenhouse

by MATTBATES , October 21, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: art, canvas, color, floral, greenhouse, oil, painting, victorian

Victorian Greenhouse is a complex painting which took many months to finish. It was really fun to work on so many levels and transparencies. This painting is available for purchase at Neel Gallery in Paris. For inquiries call +33 1 42 77 91 73… Continue reading… 0 comments

Apoxyomenos - Greek Statue

by MATTBATES , January 15, 2008—08:30 AM

Topics: Greek, art, canvas, oil, painting

Greek Statue - Apoxyomenos Oil on Canvas - 80cm x 100cm - __2007, Matthew Bates, All Rights Reserved Last winter there was a great artistic event in Firenze, the exhibition of the recently restored "Apoxyomenos of Losinj" (Croatia). I was incredibly inspired by this masterpiece of antiquity. I took lots of photos of the statue, and the above painting was inspired directly from my visit to Palazzo Medici, where the statue was on display. The painting is larger than life, made this way so I could explore the intricate details of this Greek jewel which is over 2000 years old. www.mattbates… Continue reading… 0 comments