Matthew Langley is a contemporary abstract painter working primarily with color studies. He was born in Alexandria, VA in 1963 and got his BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in 1985. His work can be found in the US State Department; Art In Embassies Program, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction collections, among others. He currently lives and works in New York City where he continues to produce and experiment with colorful artworks.



BFA, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC


Select Solo Exhibitions


In Color, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Small Paintings, The Chapin School, Princeton, NJ

Blank Space, New York, NY

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

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

The New Paintings, Blank Space, New York, NY

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

Place and Process, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC

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

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

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

Simple, Difficult., University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD

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

New Paintings, Kramerbooks, Washington DC

New Paperworks, GO! Gallery, Arlington VA

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


Select Group Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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:, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones

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

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

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

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

Art-0-matic, Washington DC

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)

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

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

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

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

ACS Magazine, Matthew Langley, January 2017

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

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 >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington


The exploration of color has over time become a primary focus of my work. This approach to color is instinctual, leaning heavily on my acquired knowledge as opposed to strict adherence to color theory. The outcome of the work carries with it a transparency of the process of its creation. I want the viewer to see the decisions made as well as to see the final artwork.

The work is not pre-planned; almost all of it is Improvisation. This improvisation is handled the way that a musician might work; that is, the experimentation is handled inside of the structure of the overall work, playing off initial ideas and extrapolating new ideas that emerge during the work. This gives way to new ideas in developing future work. It also illustrates my decision-making process in making new artworks.

The resulting body of work consists of multiple markers that observe, comment and reflect the decisions I’ve made in the studio.