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Cheap imitations 3

Cheap imitations 3, 2008 - Matthieu Ronsse

about this work

Matthieu Ronsse has made several publications taking the form of a newspaper, juxtaposing photographs from his studio and painterly practice with details from his paintings. This unique work on paper is painted on a spread taken from one of these newspaper publications. The series Cheap Imitations is the result of an artist who is cleaning up his studio, but is procrastinating and continuously picks up paper laying to start small works on paper with the paint that remains on his palette. The images he creates originate from multiplicity of sources, from both high and low culture. Ronsse refers frequently to art history, but just as easy to nudes from a cheap seventies magazine.  

about Matthieu Ronsse

Matthieu Ronsse is one of the most promising painters of his generation. Blending everyday still lifes with pin-up girls and elements inspired by Da Vinci, Goya or Velazquez, who used their painterly techniques to render subjects and scenes centuries ago. Ronsse is taking these techniques and exposing them to the current perceptions of painting. In other words, he is not mastering the paintbrush in order to preserve this classical painting style, but using it as a foundation for his exploration into the relevance of classical painting in today’s
contemporary society.

(courtesy Almine Rech Gallery)

Matthieu Ronsse has had numerous solo exhibitions at, among others, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; and Kunstwerk Cologne. Group exhibitions include Maison Particulière, Brussels; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Marta Herford; Muzee, Oostende; and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Matthieu Ronsse is represented by the following galleries;
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Almine Rech Gallery, Paris / Brussels / London / New York

Luis Campana, Berlin


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