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Balance and Harmony: The Art Portfolio of Matt Kantor


An oil painting of an orange tulipDutch Tulip Abstract, oil and acrylic

Matt Kantor was born in Key West, Florida, and grew up in Texas. In his practice, Matt seeks to capture a sense of balance and harmony. He works in a range of media including graphite, charcoal, and oil paint, and often used flowers as a motif.


An oil painting of a pink flowerUntitled, oil painting

With Matt’s consistent use of floral subject matter, it’s easy to observe the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which his style changes to accommodate different media. I’m enjoying browsing through Matt’s oil painting gallery, in which the artist seems to approach colour and volume with more abandon than he does in, for example, his graphite gallery. The paintings in Matt’s portfolio tend to be saturated, and utilize large plains of pure colour, lending them a satisfying, almost pop-art-esque aesthetic.


The front page of Matt Kantor's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Matt's portfolio website

 

In drawing medium like graphite and charcoal, Matt focuses more on fine details and shading, often incorporating negative space into his compositions. The works in his conte gallery are often mono or dichromatic, lending them a subtle, but clear impact in the expanse of the picture plane.


A drawing of a bee sitting on a red blossomRed Flower with Bee, graphite and conte


About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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