The pen/ink and watercolor artwork of Matthew Pricken is on view at the Brookfield Town Hall. The exhibit opens with an artist’s reception on Thursday, September 5 from 6-7 pm, and will run through Thursday, October 10.
Matthew Pricken is a freelance artist and designer who lives and works at his home studio in Vermont. He works with a composite of pen/ink and watercolor, and he focuses on realistic renderings inspired by his travels around the world and his reverence for the environment. Matthew strives to minimize backgrounds or reference materials in order to isolate the subject and to emphasize what he finds most important.
A self-taught artist, Matthew enjoys experimentation with new media. His early work, dedicated to classical European architecture, relied on a cross-hatching style using only a ballpoint pen. Matthew began using watercolor to introduce new shading techniques. This style gave his work a noticeably softer and looser feel, while still keeping the signature rigid and defined nature of a pen outline. He uses a ball-point pen to create bold and distinct outlines and uses watercolors to soften those borders until they flow together. Currently he is at work on an Animal Series that highlights the natural beauty of watercolors by focusing on blending and layering to achieve vivid detail.
Matthew’s art has been featured in jury selected shows for Kent CT Art Association Gallery, Richter CT Arts Center, along with online shows at the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery and Igllloo International Art Show. He often participates in outdoor craft shows in CT, NY, VT, and MA, and is currently displaying works at the New England Open Markets and the SoWa market in Boston MA. His work can be found on his website at https://www.mdavidgallery.com/.