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David Matthew King (b. 1981, Southern California, USA).
King’s relationship with language as a form of expression pushes him to create a vernacular of unique shapes and colours. Each painting begins with a simple mark, spill or smear that offends an untouched canvas. From this a drama is then set in motion as the artist attempts to correct or develop the mark into a complete work. This process of mark- making becomes a form of personal storytelling expressed through the colourful shapes that the artist plays with through the surface of the canvas: a sustained, serial investigation into spatial distance as well as physical, emotional and linguistic boundaries between relationships. These carefully positioned marks of pure colour and controlled intensity communicate the tension between contradictory feelings of love, anger, isolation and hope. The visual interplay between colours, forces and tensions are held together by a balance that is neither symmetrical nor systematic, yet the works retain a sense of ordered harmony. Made specifically for the exhibition, each of King’s works respond to the light and space in which they inhabit.