I've always been creative. My formal art education started early with private lessons at twelve-years. In 1997 I earned a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and 10-years later earned an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2016 I founded the MJFdesign Gallery in Belgium.
Zen and balance are important to my process. Most paintings begin with a monotone drawing that I bring to balance. Color is worked in the same way. One painting may be built up with as many as thirty color layers, some more but usually not less. The end result is a chaotic, yet balanced torrent of swirling color.
I enjoy experimenting with all aspects of how my work is constructed. I use Arches heavy watercolor paper. I sometimes mount the paper on wood to maintain a flat surface. I also make my own acrylic-based paint which has unique qualities but is similar to gouache and aquarell. The matte, super-vivid color of my paintings gives them a singular appearance.
My artwork is a response to the natural world and inspired by history. I am most satisfied with my work when it makes a connection to art history, especially ancient history. My art making is a search for the muse in order to experience their guidance within my creative process.
"If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman."
- Socrates (399 BC, Classical Athens)
Studio and Gallery Address
Gistelhofstraat 57, 8920 Langemark-Poelkapelle, BE
1997 - BFA - Illustration. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
2007 - MFA - Painting. The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
EXHIBITIONS & ART FAIRS:
2019 - art3f Mulhouse - FR
2019 - Amsterdam International Art Fair - NL
2019 - artpul Eupen - DE
2019 - Sussex Art Fairs (West) - GB
2019 - Discovery Art Fair Cologne - DE
2019 - art3f Paris - FR
2018 - art3f Brussels - BE
2017 - A View Like Ours - Langemark-Poelkepelle Gemeentehuis, BE
2016 - It Was Beautiful - Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2015 - The Pond of Stars - A New Leaf Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA
2014 - Present Day Pyramids (group exhibition) - The Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia, USA
2013 - Love Squared - The Finlandia Reflection Gallery, Hancock, MI, USA
Matthew J. Frock. MJFdesign Gallery.
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