Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven challenges the sweeping narratives of American history textbooks, appropriating images of historical figures and sites and defacing or reconfiguring them within new aesthetic compositions. In combinations of illustration, collage, and painting, a march of tribal chieftains, Masonic leaders, and American generals and presidents appears in his images, their faces blotted out or colonized by Craven’s trademark geometric patterns. With his surreal mash-ups of historical references composed on antiquated paper, Craven creates his own pared-down symbols and mythologies. Many of Craven’s images are ambiguous, resisting cohesive narratives or easy interpretation; the artist has said that his compositions are not dictated by any political agenda but are based solely on aesthetic consideration.

Works

  • Matthew Craven
    PRAISE (2020)
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    Matthew Craven
    PRAISE (2020)
    Found Images on Found Paper
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    € 675
  • Matthew Craven
    THORNS (2020)
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    Matthew Craven
    THORNS (2020)
    Found Images on Found Paper
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    € 675
  • Matthew Craven
    VISION (2020)
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    Matthew Craven
    VISION (2020)
    Found Images on Found Paper
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    € 675
  • Matthew Craven
    EDAN (2020)
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    Sold
    Matthew Craven
    EDAN (2020)
    Found Images on Found Paper
    35,6 x 27,9 cm
    Sold
  • Matthew Craven
    Scream (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Scream (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500
  • Matthew Craven
    Monolyth (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Monolyth (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500
  • Matthew Craven
    Headpiece (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Headpiece (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500
  • Matthew Craven
    Groth (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Groth (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500
  • Matthew Craven
    Focus (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Focus (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500
  • Matthew Craven
    Awake (2019)
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    Matthew Craven
    Awake (2019)
    Found images and ink on found paper
    31,8 x 24,8 cm
    € 500