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The art of simplicity – Can silence be staged?
Everyday objects can be found in Paul Mathey’s paintings – a vase, fruits,
a glass, usually on a plain background. Through the stage-like staging, the spatiality is deliberately suspended and the focus is directed to the object. These are trivialities, things that one encounters every day, to which one otherwise pays little attention. Taken out of their conventional context, they now form the main motifs of the representation. With precise observation he reproduces what he sees. In doing so, Paul Mathey proceeds with a meticulous thoroughness whose product is impressive in its realism. One finds no narrative, no expectation, no intensity – only the objects we encounter in their simplicity.
We are thrown back on the close observation and can let our eyes rest on one thing without already being distracted by the next. No overloading, only the enjoyment of the moment. The beauty of the current moment can be experienced through this. In their simplicity, the objects represent vehicles,
which put us in a contemplative state. We are exclusively thrown back on our personal sensation.
In his works, Paul Mathey stages a moment of pause and silence.
Art historian MA
born in Merzig / Saar
1966 – 79
Training and practice as a display designer
Relocation to Frankfurt am Main
Admission to the Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule with Prof. Thomas Bayrle, Peter Klasen and Prof. Johannes Schreiter
Study visit to Turkey
Opening of the studio in Frankfurt and since then working as a freelance artist
Study visit to the People’s Republic of China
Opening of the studio for porcelain painting
2nd chairman of the professional association of applied arts Saar
1st chairman of the professional association of applied arts Saar
Open Studio Frankfurt
Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main
“IN BLOOM”, Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (Gruppenausstellung)
“MALEREI”, Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (mit Cveta Markova und Angel Peychinov)
Seit 1999 Teilnahme an den Internationalen Frankfurter Messen Ambiente und Tendence
Teilnahme an der 10. Salon Décoration et Jardin in Monte Carlo, Monaco
2000 Teilnahme an der kunstKöln
2001 Teilnahme an der kunstKöln,
„One Artist Show“ ART-Frankfurt