Matthew Langley was born in Alexandria, VA in 1963. He is a contemporary abstract painter working primarily with color studies. After studying at VCU, he moved to New York.

Education

1985
BFA, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

2018
Blank Space, New York, NY

2017
Colors for a Large Wall, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA

2016
Excerpts From A Year In Painting, Art in Public Spaces, Context: Art Miami, Miami, FL
Gravity, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2015
The New Paintings, Blank Space, New York, NY

2014
Looking In: New Paintings, Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY

2013
Place and Process, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC

2012
Atlas, Blank Space, NY, NY (PDF Catalog)
Arcades, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
The Expanded Field, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD

2011
Atmospheres & Imaginary Soundtracks, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC

2010
Matthew Langley / Heejo Kim, Blank Space, NY, NY
Color Autonomy, University of Maryland University College, Curated by Robert Donovan
Angel Dust : Matthew Langley + Douglas Witmer, No Future Projects, Dayton Ohio

2009
Simple, Difficult., University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD

2008
Paintings + Paperworks, DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), Washington DC, Curator: J.W. Mahoney
New Paperworks, Green Line Projects, Philadelphia PA, Curator: Douglas Witmer

1995
New Paintings, Kramerbooks, Washington DC

1994
New Paperworks, GO! Gallery, Arlington VA

1993
Channel Surfing and Blueprints (Drawings, 1993), GO! Gallery, Arlington VA

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2018
Vicki Vermicelli and Friends, Vicki Projects, Queens, NY
The Place Between, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2017
Warm Up, Chill Down, Thaw Out, DM Contemporary, New York, NY
Year In Review, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC
Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2., Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Apothecary, Chattanooga, TN
Volunteer State Community College, Nashville, TN

2016
The Indian Summer Show, DM Contemporary, New York, NY
Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2. Corridor, Dayton, OH, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Raygun Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Angelika Studios, High Wycombe (East London), England
Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
Artfull Living, Axom Gallery , Rochester, NY

2015
These Go To Eleven: Small Works Group Exhibition, Artists and Makers, Bethesda, MD, Curator, Stephen Boocks
The Summer Show, DM Contemporary, New York
Art Miami, New York, represented by Blank Space, NY, NY
Full Spectrum, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC
A Few Conversations About Color, DM Contemporary, New York, Curated By Joanne Mattera

2014
Fiction, Neon Heater, Finlay OH, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
g/s (grams per second), No Future Projects, Dayton. Ohio, Curated by Max Feldmann and Erin Elayne
Summer Exhibition, Blank Space, NY, NY

2013
The 25 Project, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC, Curated By No Kings Collective
Sketchbook, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD. Curated by René Treviño
Back to Mine, Neon Heater, Finlay OH, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Right and Other Angles, SoftSpot, online at: http://www.soft-spot.net, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones

2012
STROKE: Gesture, Mark, Muscle. School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD. Curated by René Treviño
Summer Exhibition, Blank Space, NY, NY
Affordable Fine Art for Young Collectors, Susan Calloway Gallery, Washington DC.
As Far As The Eye Can See, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA (with: T.J. Donovan, Bob 2012 Elliott, Lori Ellison, J.T. KIrkland, Evan Read, and Karen Schifano

2011
Life Of The World To Come: Darkness Falls Upon Us, NIAD Art Center, CA, Richmond, CA, Curator: Timothy Buckwalter (Project Website)
Material World, Art DC, Hyattsville, MD, Curated by Stephen Boocks (PDF Catalog)
New Year, New Work, New Faces, Storefront, Brooklyn NY
Beyond Measure, C2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL, September 9 – November 1, 2011
Faction, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Printed, Painted, Pressed, C2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL, November 11 – January 6, 2012

2010
Blank Space Pop Up Gallery, Blank Space, Seoul, Korea
Six Months Twelve Artists: Paintings, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland ME
Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis IN, Curator: Scott Grow

2009
Business Edition, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY
Touch Faith, Semantics, Cincinnati OH, Curator: Jeffrey Cortland Jones.
12 Angry Women, The Soundry, Vienna, VA Curated by; Lauren Kotkin, Amanda Jiron-Murphy, Melissa Branin, LisaMarie Adams, Jennifer Crawford, Veronica Szalus, Shauna Lee Lange, Teresa Ahmad, Sara Minarik Applegate, Janet Rems, Lee Lovelace, Darlene Howell
Art-0-matic, Washington DCAvant Fairfax, Town Hall Gallery, Fairfax VA
The Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2008
Art-0-matic, Washington DC

2007
White on White , Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth TX, Curator: Cecil Touchon
Twelve By Twelve, Chop Suey, Richmond VA
Art-0-matic, Crystal City, VA (As part of the Colorfield Intermix at Artomatic)

2006
Hon Fest / After Hours, Smith Content, Baltimore MD
MOCA DC at 15, MOCA DC, Washington DC
Close to Solitude, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD, Curator: Marshall Clarke

2005
Frederick 19th Annual Photographic Competition, Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery, Frederick MD
1460 Wall Mountables, DCAC, Washington DC
Twelve By Twelve, ADA Gallery, Richmond VA
MMAS, Florida International University, Miami FL
After Hours, Smith Content, Baltimore MD

2003
The Future That Wasn’t, Common Grounds, Arlington VA

1995
Hemicycle Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Curator: Marsha Mateyka and Sally Troyer
Summer, Foundry Gallery, Washington DC, Curator: Alice Denny
Summer Paintings, Eclipse Art Center, Arlington VA
WPA Salon / Open Studios, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC
Paper, The Athenaeum, Alexandria VA, Curator: David Levy

 

Select Bibliography

2017
ACS Magazine, Matthew Langley, January 2017

2016
360 Magazine blog, Art Miami + CONTEXT Art Miami Fairs Boast Strong Attendance & Sales during Miami Art Week, Dec 8
The Washington Post, In the galleries: Deconstruction that’s carefully constructed, Mark Jenkins, October 14
The Georgetown Current, Exhibit Shows Social Commentary in Modernism, Sept 14
DC By Design Blog, Matthew Langley: Gravity, Sept 16
Joanne Mattera Art Blog, The Indian Summer Show at dm contemporary, Sept. 17

2015
Make Something 365 Blog, A Painting A Day, March 17 >>
Gallery Travels, Anne Russinof, A Few Conversations About Color, Jan 30 >>
Joanne Mattera Art Blog, Color Talks, Jan 27 >>
Joanne Mattera Art Blog, “Summer Show” at dm contemporary, July 24 >>

2014
American Psychologist, Cover Art, May/June 2014
Lisa Pressman Art Blog, Matthew Langley Studio Visit >>

2013
Two Coats of Paint, Studio visit: Matthew Langley and the palette knife, Sharon Butler >>
bmore , Nov 5, Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore’s Best Art Openings and Events
Washington City Paper, Sept. 27, The 25 Project, By Christopher Porter

2012
Elan Magazine, February 2012 (Placement) >>
Frederick News Post, Creating Space, February 16, By Lauren LaRoca >>
Frederick Gazette, Field Opens at Delaplaine, Februaury 2

2011
NPR (National Public Radio) WAMU 88.5 Art Beat with Eric Rameswaram
Elan Magazine, Polar Approaches, January 2011, Article by Donna Cedar-Southworth

2010
The Washington Post Express, Field of Dreams: ‘Washington Color and Light’ at The Corcoran, Nov. 18, Jessica Roake >>
The Gazette (Maryland), June 17
The Bowie Star, June 17
Joanne Mattera Art Blog, Feb 18, Color Forms Part 1

2009
Elan Magazine, February 2009, Alice Ross
DCist, May 21, Arts Agenda, Heather Goss
Joanne Mattera Art Blog, June 27, Three Smart Projects

2008
Art in America May 2008, Washington DC, J. W. Mahoney >>
Washington Post Jan. 13, Sunday Source – Can’t Miss >>
CityPaper Jan. 31, Matthew Langley, Painting + Paperworks, Kriston Capps >>
Old Town Crier June 2008, Gallery Beat, F. Lennox Campell
DCist Jan. 22, Matthew Langley @ DCAC, Kelly Rand
Two Coats of Paint, Feb 4, Matthew Langley’s Dangerous Proposition, Sharon Butler
Thinking About Art Feb. 13, D.C. Gallery Shows, JT Kirkland
Douglas Witmer Blog Feb. 20, Matthew Langley, Douglas Witmer
Stephen Alexander Blog Feb. 29, Matthew Langley Painting, Stephen Alexander
Arttistics, May 27, Artomatic Baby!, F. Lennox Campello

2007
White on White: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Cecil Touchon, Published by: The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction

2006
Notebook, Creative Capitalism

 

Select Collections

US State Department; Art In Embassies Program
Saks Fifth Avenue
Cafritz Foundation
Montefiore Hospital
Ernst and Young
MacAndrews & Forbes
DC Commission for the Art and Humanities
The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction
University of Baltimore
The Doris Patz Collection (University of Maryland)
PNC Bank

 

SPEAKING

2009
Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington

 

I have always been drawn towards creative approaches that generate a friction between actions performed as an artist and the visual frameworks that create the artwork. Between these concerns it is critical for the artworks I produce to be able to stand alone without an exhaustive document or map telling the viewer what it is that they are seeing or how they should see it.

In the winter of 2014, I gave myself “a snow day”. I took a break from my then current work, which was very structured, and allowed myself a chance to explore anything that popped into my head. Over the course of a week, I developed an avalanche of work that was received far beyond my modest expectations. In what I initially started as a way to expand how I had been building images, I found a new body of work that has energized my studio. My focus on approaching this work is with openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconception of the final outcome. I have found new ways of working and discovered qualities about my work that were unknown to me.

In this latest work I have become far more sensitive to the idea of balance. Visual concerns such as color and process, mark making and field, scale and relationship, planning and improvisation, allow me to develop artworks that interest me intellectually as well as visually. The resulting body of work consists of markers that observe, comment and gauge the decisions made.