San Francisco-based artist Matthew Palladino delivers playful, colorful art with a dose of sensuality. Through national exhibitions and various collections, he’s constantly revealed different levels of experimentation.
Light, summery themes are seen in the blue-based Pacific that brings to mind sandy beaches and triple digit weather, as well as the nautical-like Stripes. Channeling a different style, Leucippus Daughters diffuses sexual undertones via subtle, colorful forms also seen in the stylistically similar Two Massacres—making for two pieces that combine historical and pop culture influences. Further tributes to pop culture can be seen through the geometric Test Print and the twisted, airplane pamphlet Up and Down. Yet even in his darker pieces, humor abounds, as seen in The Skeleton and the creepy, spiritually-inclined The Rapture. He’s also made pieces with enamel and plaster, such as the kid-friendly First Try, Second Try and the nudity-tinged Ball Pitt.
Subtly—and sometimes boldly—suggestive, it’s art that seeks to play up the humor in even the darkest concepts.
Article by: Natacha Pavlov