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Matthew Benedict

Matthew Benedict’s highly original work investigates the historical myth-making of the United States. His paintings, mostly gouaches on wood or paper of medium size, are not only pictures, they present pictures – sometimes even the frame of the source image is painted too. With their reduced, bold and simple colour schemes, they are reminiscent of illustrations in popular history or adventure books. What is special about these depictions is that contemporary views and images based on historical sources are treated in the same way, collapsing a very wide time-span into a visual whole. — Axel Jablonski

  • Matthew Benedict, The Lookout (Study for "The Sea Cook"), 2017

    pencil, gouache and spray paint on paper
    19.69 x 20.47 in (50 x 52 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Sailor (Study for "The Sea Cook"), 2016

    gouache on paper
    25.59 x 19.69 in (65 x 50 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Razorfish Gang at Central Wharf, 1912, 2014

    Gouache on wood
    48.03 x 83.86 in (122 x 213 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Wreck at Wllfleet, 2013

    Gouache, Latex on Wood
    48.03 x 59.84 in (122 x 152 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Amos (the Last Inhabitant of the Lost Island of Billingsgate), 2013

    Gouache on wood
    59.84 x 48.03 in (152 x 122 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, The Red Hoodie, 2013

    gouache on paper
    29.53 x 23.62 in (75 x 60 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, The Storm Moon (Study for the Storm Moon from His Lordship's Quaters), 2010

    Gouache, Acryl, Latex, Dammarfirnis on wood
    35.83 x 24.02 in (91 x 61 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Man with a Tatooed Head, 2007

    gouache on wood
    48.03 x 48.03 in (122 x 122 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Ruins of the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse Fire, 2006

    gouache on plywood
    48.03 x 72.05 in (122 x 183 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, The Black Bursolino, 2001

    Gouache and Damar on wood
    36.22 x 48.03 in (92 x 122 cm)

  • Matthew Benedict, Three Soldiers III, 1996

    mixed media
    5.12 x 29.92 in (13 x 76 cm)

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