June 4, 2019 - An exhibition titled 'Word Blind' by Dutch painter Matthijs Scholten will be officially opened on Thursday, June 6, at the Naval Heritage Collection at 8 pm.
Matthijs Scholten uses many different components in his work, creating a unique, visual world. His artistic expression arises from the depths of the psyche by interpreting the chaotic world surrounding it. By combining contrast, he creates an atypical visual language.
Scholten's works represent the tumultuous emotions of human existence. Scholten's combat attitude towards the world around him is seen in his work through the use of color and form, making conflicts and movements almost "tangible."
The apparent element in his work is his eyes, big and piercing eyes. Matthijs' inspiration for his imaginative faces, colorful portraits, wild masks, and skulls is everywhere.
For Matthijs, minimalist street graffiti is particularly attractive. He takes pictures of those figures that often serve as great inspiration for the first moves of color on paper or canvas.
The artists who inspire him are Jean Michel Basquiat for his raw and street style. The Cobra Group, with artists such as Karel Appel, is interesting to him because of childish, naive, and spontaneous art forms, as well as Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin with his prodigious and vague portraits. Before all, his inspiration is Pablo Picasso with his enchanting faces and color combinations.
About his relationship to art, Matthijs Scholten says: "Painting calms me down. It allows me to let all the nonsense go. I create whatever I feel like, spontaneously, wild and colorful, unrestrained. The art is not in thinking, but in just doing it. If that succeeds, I'm free."
The works of this artist are available to the audience in his native Netherlands, where they are represented in a gallery promoting well-established and young contemporary artists - Galerie Mia Joosten Amsterdam, as well as in Russia, where his works were exhibited at the VB Gallery gallery in Irkutsk.
The exhibition of Matthijs Scholten in the Naval Heritage Collection at the Porto Montenegro marina in Tivat will be open until June 30.