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09-24-2002, 10:35 AM

Title: Matthew Back from Amsterdam
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 12 by 24
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

This is my friend Matt who has been living in Holland for some time now.

I am interested in your opinion.

simon levenson
09-24-2002, 10:52 AM
Hey Gavin,
I dig this. I have a canvas the same shape I am eager to get at soonish. Is his nose exagerated or is it that? Now that I look closer, terrific portrait, moving both as a painting and as a person.

I guess it is a lull and a strength at once...

09-24-2002, 11:03 AM
was wondering when this beaut would make it to this board.
still stunning and even better than that (glowing -moody- dream like- substantial, etc.)
and I love the color combinations

09-24-2002, 11:25 AM
Gavin...a true masterpiece...
words are lacking in every way here
and all the best ones have been used already...

true paint poetry

09-24-2002, 08:00 PM

what can i say to that?

Thank you, sincerely.


Thank you again for you solid comments.


Thank you as well. He has a schnoz, for sure. If it is exagerated, it was done subconsciously and with the given restraint my technical prowess allows.

I like that; lull and strength...

09-25-2002, 08:45 AM
I just pulled this line from another thread;

to those lurking and not posting...is it really that awkward?
is the style not suited to you? What?
I need feedback from you...
the good, the bad and the ugly too...


Thats how I be feelin' this day too. Three posts in two days? How depressing.

09-25-2002, 08:52 AM
being an artist that can expose feelings {in paintings}
to expose yourself to feelings
to notice you have them

then you can see (feel) {paint} it everywhere.

09-25-2002, 09:14 AM
I like the way he fills the space. Even if the nose is exagerrated, I think it adds to his presence. Nicely done.

09-25-2002, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by jerryW
being an artist that can expose feelings {in paintings}
to expose yourself to feelings
to notice you have them

then you can see (feel) {paint} it everywhere.

eloquently put Jerry.

This is why I paint daily; even if I'm in a funk. Infusing your life with work can be both a hinderance and a blessing. I paint with emotion because I paint so often; it has to come through. Growing up with a car wholesaler as a father gave me a lot of practice coming to grips with my 'stop being so sensitive' nature.


Thanks for checking this one out! Glad you like.

More comments are welcome.

09-25-2002, 11:27 AM
hey Gavin!
I had to come back and look at your work again...
and saw your note ...
I really meant it in terms of feedback to the work
and how I might learn from everyone
of course I care if one likes it, but even if not,
I want to learn from why not...(etc)

what I came to say is:
this portrait looks to be of a person
dealing somewhat well
with a sort of melancholy
and it seems that your palet has changed
to a darker one
your sensitivity shines through your work
and I just wanted you to know
that it is beautiful

"the funk" is the monster depression
it visits and cripples
but/ and it must be dealt with
as a part of ourselves
with love
(trite, this is not)

Wayne Gaudon
09-25-2002, 12:11 PM
I see this through my eyes that are Vincent influenced and I see Vincent influenced colors .. Vincent Influenced hair .. Vincent influenced strokes .. I mean that as a compliment not a slight .. It's a very nice work.

09-25-2002, 02:23 PM
A very strong emotional work...

09-25-2002, 07:44 PM
or, uumm...
(the title...
the light bulb has gone off...
the bells are ringing...
the chrichendo [can't spell to save my life] has hit its pitch)...

maybe Matthew had a really "great time" in Amsterdam...

slow as a slug sometimes
fast as lightening others
that's life...

still friends?

09-25-2002, 08:41 PM

Matt and I are still good friends.

09-26-2002, 07:06 PM
I enjoy most how simple the breakdown of colors are, and how each plane is just where it should be. Particularly the hair, it looks sparsely painted, and yet it has so much volume. Gives me an immediacy and motion.

my only complaint would be to see a bit of that red in the hair follow down into the face and jacket ... perhaps there is, d*mn jpgs!

swoonalishious eyes! post a close up if you are feelin' inclined

09-29-2002, 03:24 AM
gavin...i loved this before and i do now...tiz the colors and all. your work is worthy of a hundred posts...the purple on the face still rocks my world.

09-29-2002, 06:28 PM
A thing that struck me immediately is how natural and real he looks.