Matthew Palladino


“Costumes 1,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

“Guillotine,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

“Private Pleasures 1,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

“Space Shuttle Columbia,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

“The Rapture,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

“Private Pleasures 2,” 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49 x 37 inches

Palladino’s work consists of the graphic, yet imaginative rendering of images of problematic and controversial social issues like gang violence, racial stereotyping, socio-sexual deviance or even mass cult suicide. Through the distillation and aestheticizing of these images, he removes the context from these issues, and through this removal clarifies them. Confronting these issues head on, simply and without affect or contrivance strips them of their deep cultural stigmas and forces the viewer to reinvent their notions of what these issues are. The pieces lack any clear political motivation, causing the viewer to recontextualize the images’ ideological content through the unique lens of their own experience with the images. Eviscerating their political content and beautifying the images themselves with a sharp and crisp graphic style, Palladino attempts to alternately remove and reveal their meaning. It’s ultimately his desire to explore the world and reveal its deeper meanings by straddling the line between hidden and exposed, and through this open up our mode of seeing. Palladino believes in the power of painting to show us more deeply what it is we see, and what it is to see. (Happenstand.com)

Matthew Palladino’s Website

Matthew Palladino’s Flickr

Matthew Palladino at Bear Ridgeway Exhibitions




  • Very interesting subject matter. Art or illustration? Just kidding, this polemic is of personal interest.

  • wow. this blows me away. Very unique and innovative, abstract yet easy to interpret.

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