Oil Painting on Canvas4′ X 5’1997Artwork by Graham Matthews
Graham completed this surreal/abstract painting in art school in 1997. This artwork began with a painting of two separate models (male and female), in two separate studio sessions. They are bond together in unity by the entwiningof forms. Vine like forms surround, entangle and further fuse the two individuals.
The artist used the original under-painting of the models as the basis for a full scale artwork. The forms were abstracted and surrealized, but still recognizableas figures. Graham kept the basic forms of the body to accomplish this task, distorting and molding the forms.
He combined bright and contrasting colors, obvious erotic symbology, and entwining forms all together to produce a superb masterpiece -a painting that tells the story of two lovers joined forever.
Who could they be? Adam and Eve? Romeo and Juliet? Tristan and Isolde? Odysseus and Penelope? The artist does not tell us this, and it does not matter.
The couple embodies everlasting love and a closeness that spans eternity.