Morris Adjmi Architects

Mathias van Arkel

February 4 - April 29, 2016


Matthias van Arkel (b 1967) is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm and New York. A painter at heart he investigates what painting can be. His characteristic paintings weave tongues of colored platinum silicone rubber together, combining a vibrant expressionistic approach with conceptual references to abstract art and minimalism. The paintings exist as an immediate and continuous appearance of luminous matter, enclosing their own visual structures as well as activating the surrounding space. The paintings rapid distribution of events suggests constant movement where only stillness pervades. This exalted immobility is a paradoxical feature of van Arkel´s sensuously poetic paintings. His anti-compositional practice results from decisions based on a tension between conscious and intuitive knowledge.


Matthias van Arkel holds a MFA from University College of Arts, and studied painting at Royal Institute of Art, both in Stockholm, Sweden. He has exhibited extensively both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented in several public and private collections, including Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Among his several public commissions is a large two-part painting at the Jakobsberg bus terminal, north of Stockholm, Sweden. And in 2015 he made a large scale site specific project in Morris Adjmi Architects new building for JBG-Companies in Washington DC.








Image Credits: Alexander Severin