Matthew Langley

Born in 1963 - United States


Matthew Langley is an American abstract artist who lives in New York. He is interested on the balance between colors and process, scale and relationship, planification and improvisation. He currently lives and works in New York. The artist studied at the Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained a degree from the Corcoran School of Art in 1986.

Langley's artistic apporach is linked to a wide ranged of interests. He is particularly familiarized with colored field painting, particularly the work of Morris Louis, Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis, as well as the abstraction of Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn and Callum Innes among others. The artist is also insterested in the paintings of artists like Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter.

Matthew Langley's technique to create his works of art consists in constructing and expanding as well as reducing and minimizing the painted surface. He thinks that it is not counterproductive and that the way to go is often to construct, reconstruct and so on. He often uses layers of semi-transparent paint combined to the sub surface of the artwork to reach the desire effect.

Langley's work is present in several private and public collections, including in MacAndrews & Forbes and the Doris Patz collections (University of Maryland). The artist has exhibited a lot in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, mainly othe East Coast. His most recent solo exhibitions include "The New Paintings" at the Blank Space, New York in 2015 and "Looking In: New Painting" in Axom, Rochester, NY in 2014. Several articles have been written about Langley's work in publications such as Art in America and The Washington Post.

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Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DCCX
The New Paintings, Blank Space, New York, NY
Looking In: New Paintings, Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY
Place and Process, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC
Atlas, Blank Space, New York, NY.
The Expanded Field, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick MD
Arcades, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Atmospheres & Imaginary Soundtracks, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington
Color Autonomy, University of Maryland University College, Curated by Robert
Simple, Difficult., University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD
New Paperworks, Green Line Projects, Philadelphia PA, Curator: Douglas Witmer
Paintings + Paperworks, DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), Washington
DC, Curator: J. W. Mahoney
New Paperworks, GO! Gallery, Arlington VA
Channel Surfing and Blueprints (Drawings, 1993), GO! Gallery, Arlington VA


BOUND / UNBOUND Unique and Small Edition Artists’ Books, DM
Contemporary, New York, NY
Art Miami, Context, represented by Blank Space, Miami, FL
These Go To Eleven: Small Works Group Exhibition, Artists and Makers,
Bethesda, MD, Curator, Stephen Boocks
The Summer Show, DM Contemporary, New York, NY
Art Miami, New York, represented by Blank Space, New York, NY
Full Spectrum, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC
A Few Conversations About Color, DM Contemporary, New York, NY,
Curated By Joanne Mattera
Fiction, Neon Heater, Finlay OH, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
g/s (grams per second), No Future Projects, Dayton. Ohio, Curated by
Max Feldmann and Erin Elayne
Summer Exhibition, Blank Space, New York, NY
The 25 Project, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC, Curated
By No Kings Collective
Sketchbook, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD. Curated by René Treviño
Back to Mine, Neon Heater, Finlay OH, Curated By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Right and Other Angles, SoftSpot, online at: www.soft-spot.net, Curated
By Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Summer Exhibition, Blank Space, New York, NY
STROKE: Gesture, Mark, Muscle. School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD.
Curated by René Treviño
Affordable Fine Art for Young Collectors, Susan Calloway Gallery,
Washington DC.
As Far As The Eye Can See, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA
Summer Exhibition, Blank Space, New York, NY
Beyond Measure, C2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL
Works on Paper,University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Curated by Jeffrey
Cortland Jones.
Works on Paper,C2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL
New Year, New Work, New Faces, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY
Material World, Art DC, Hyattsville, MD, Curator: Stephen Boocks
Life Of The World To Come: Darkness Falls Upon Us, NIAD Art Center, CA,
Richmond, CA, Curator: Timothy Buckwalter
Blank Space Pop Up Gallery, Blank Space, Seoul, Korea
Six Months Twelve Artists: Paintings, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art,
Indianapolis, IN, Curator, Scott Grow
The Series: Matthew Langley + Heejo Kim, Blank Space, New York, NY
Angel Dust: Matthew Langley + Douglas Witmer, No Future Projects,
Dayton. Ohio
Business Edition, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY
Touch Faith, Semantics, Cincinnati, OH, Curator, Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Avant Fairfax, Old Town Hall, Fairfax VA
Art-0-matic, Washington DC
The Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Travels to: Museum of Contempory Art DC, Wash. DC, Laconia Gallery,
Boston, MA, Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL, Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, MO
3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, GA
Art-0-matic, Washington DC
Art-0-matic, Crystal City VA (selected as part of the Colorfield Intermix at
Twelve By Twelve, Chop Suey, Richmond VA
White on White, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth TX, Curator: Cecil
Hon Fest / After Hours, Smith Content, Baltimore MD
MOCA DC at 15, MOCA DC, Washington DC
Close to Solitude, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD, Curator: Marshall Clarke
Frederick 19th Annual Photographic Competition, Mary Condon Hodgson
Art Gallery, Frederick MD
Twelve By Twelve, ADA Gallery, Richmond VA
After Hours, Smith Content, Baltimore MD
Hemicycle Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash. DC, Curators:
Marsha Mateyka & Sally Troyer
Summer, Foundry Gallery, Wash. DC, Curator: Alice Denny
Summer Paintings, Eclipse Art Center, Arlington VA
WPA Salon, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC
Paper, The Athenaeum, Alexandria VA, Curator: David Levy


Ernst and Young
MacAndrews & Forbes
DC Commission for the Art and Humanities
The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction
University of Baltimore
The Doris Patz Collection (University of Maryland University College)
PNC Bank

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