Oil painter Matthew Cornell captures quiet, nighttime moments on an intimate scale. Without figures, he’s able to create townscapes and scenes that feel wholly lived in, yet carry a particularly ghostly quality. Recent work show how streetlights and other sources offer a mysterious glow to the proceedings.
“Landscapes at this hour are like ghosts that are unseen during the day, only to be revealed by the strange and myriad ways the night time glows,” he has said. “I spent a great deal of my childhood moving and this has greatly influenced my new work. I am searching for that elusive notion of where I come from and where I belong.”
See more of his work below.
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My show is next May. Doing everything I can to be ready. As anyone who has worked for so many months in advance, it takes a lot of effort and a lot of hope it will work out in the end. We spent part of the summer crisscrossing the eastern part of the US. I found quite a few things that surprised me. You go looking for one thing and sometimes you find something else. Working about 10 days on this particular painting. Now it is very late. I’m painting dirt in front of an old mechanic shop in Maine. #arcadiacontemporary #matthewcornellart #maine #america #autoshop #contemporaryrealism