Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina, is hosting a magnetic solo exhibition that — in both subject and skill — will take your breath away. Who’s the artist?
Sometimes one comes across a painter who works with such verisimilitude that it quickly reminds one of how capable the human hands — and imagination — are. That’s the case with the hypnotic paintings by artist Matt Story, whose underwater subjects are nothing short of spectacular. The astute Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina, is proud to be presenting a carefully selected group of Story’s paintings on February 5.

Matt Story, “Red in Big Blue,” oil on linen, 40 x 60 in. (c) Robert Lange Studios 2016

Although the acclaimed painter is based in New York, Story began visiting Charleston in 2013, and the relationship between artist and gallery blossomed. Story writes, “I try to paint contemporary life so as to capture crystals of pristine memory that we all share but never describe to one another. Each composition uses the gesture or figure or setting to evoke a platonic form, an archetypal notion, a distilled essence, that thing that lasts beyond the moment.” The gallery adds, “Story’s realist, bordering on hyper-realist, style gives his figurative works a strong vibrancy but it is not the technique, as much as the subject matter, that sets Story apart. Each painting depicts casually beautiful women submerged beneath the surface. It is evident that the steps needed to capture these images are a large part of the artist’s process.”

Matt Story, “Red Rising Right,” oil on panel, 40 x 60 in. (c) Robert Lange Studios 2016

“Water” will be on view through February 26.
To learn more, visit Robert Lange Studios.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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