The End of Time

ROB MATTHEWS

Painting | 2015

 

This body of work is made to spend time considering events and people that get lost in the shuffle of the ever-changing news cycle.  Themes of upheaval, power, displacement and the unspoken message of “home” anchor the work.  In The End of Time, the figures stand on a coastline with reddened water behind them.  The composition is borrowed from Picasso’s Pipes of Pan. Picasso’s piece overlooks a calm Mediterranean view. Rather than use this peaceful view of the sea that has, for generations, brought people to it for its tranquility, I choose to depict the Mediterranean for the millennia-old bloodbath that it is. In the bottom left of the piece is a head. It is that of Matthew Ayariga, the lone Ghanan decapitated alongside 20 Coptic Christians from Egypt on a Libyan coast.

 

Size

69 × 81 inches - Unframed

 

Materials

Gouache and sumi ink on paper on canvas over wood panel

 

Authenticity

Hand signed by the artist

The End of Time

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ROB MATTHEWS

Painting | 2015

 

This body of work is made to spend time considering events and people that get lost in the shuffle of the ever-changing news cycle.  Themes of upheaval, power, displacement and the unspoken message of “home” anchor the work.  In The End of Time, the figures stand on a coastline with reddened water behind them.  The composition is borrowed from Picasso’s Pipes of Pan. Picasso’s piece overlooks a calm Mediterranean view. Rather than use this peaceful view of the sea that has, for generations, brought people to it for its tranquility, I choose to depict the Mediterranean for the millennia-old bloodbath that it is. In the bottom left of the piece is a head. It is that of Matthew Ayariga, the lone Ghanan decapitated alongside 20 Coptic Christians from Egypt on a Libyan coast.

 

Size

69 × 81 inches - Unframed

 

Materials

Gouache and sumi ink on paper on canvas over wood panel

 

Authenticity

Hand signed by the artist

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