Matt McClune

For the past 15 years Matt McClune has been taking visual clues from the environments of particular locations he was visiting in Europe and abroad and distilling them into his often quiet, meditative paintings, flooded with light. At times bordering on the monochrome, more often active and gestural, the many-layered washes of clear polyurethane gel, containing pure, finely-dispersed pigments, are applied to various metallic supports with specially-made spatulas of varying widths. Ideally seen in changing natural light, McClune’s paintings often shift in mood and color, as the light of day penetrates into the layers. McClune’s early paintings were abstract aerial landscapes, as seen from an airplane window, with vague but profound depth and space. Moving to the French countryside of Burgundy in 2004, surrounded by people interested in the idea of “terroir” brought about paintings that were both “of a specific place, at a specific time” as well as paradoxically non- representational. This, combined with his compositional structures, creates work that is both intellectually rigorous and immaterially transcendental.

Born 1973 near Boston, USA. Lives und works in Burgundy, France. 

1991

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

1992-95

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

1998

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA


Bibliography (selection)

2011

Matt McClune - Burgundy Lights, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2007

Matt McClune 2005-2007, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2017

sensualminimalphysical, mit Robert Sagerman und JeremyThomas, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Matt McClune; Informelle Malerei Emotionen. Originale und Multiples, MultipleArt, Zurich

2015

Matt McClune: Cold as Ice”, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan

2014

Matt McClune, Peter Blake Gallery, Los Angeles
Matt McClune (with Carlo Borer), Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg

2013

Color and Form, mit Axel Anklam, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover
Matt McClune, Galerie Mark Müller Project Room, Zurich
The Transparency of Color, mit Nick Terry, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2012

Material Colour, mit Elena Monzo, Gallerie Traghetto, Venice

2011

Burgundy Lights, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2009

Living in France…, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2007

Temperature/Time, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

2005

Matt McClune, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2004

Matt McClune, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
Matt McClune", Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles


Group exhibitions (selection)

2017

Painting Black,  Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest
Remembering The Future, Altana Galerie and the Technische Universität, Dresden
sensualminimalphysical, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2016

Summer Show, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan
50 Shades of Red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2015

Works on and With Paper, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Mostly Monochrome, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2014

Faszination Der Farbe, Kunsthaus Fürstenfeldbruck
M wie MultipleArt, Kunsthaus Zofingen
6th Sense, Peters Projects, Santa Fe
Last But Not Least, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2013

Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt
Lapislazuli and Purpur. How the Color Came to Us, Galerie Renate Bender, München
Black and White, MultipleArt, Zürich    
Fascination of Color, DavisKlemm Gallery, Wiesbaden    
Kind of Blue, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel
Hauptsache Grau #1, Mies Van Der Rohe Haus, Berlin

2012

Premio internazionale Limen Arte 2012, Vibo Valentia
WOP!, Fabbri C.A. Contemporary Art, Milan
StartUp, Kn Studio, Verona
Artists Deluxe, Palazzo Victoria, Verona
Zum 10-jährigen Bestehen, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2011

Presente/Futuro, Fabbri C.A. Contemporary Art, Milan
Hors Toile, Oulan Bator, Orléans

2010

Monochrom II, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Homage to Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2009

Espace Compris, Interface, Dijon
Colors, Galerie Jean Greset, Besançon
What’s Out There, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

2008

John Beech, Joseph Marioni, Matt McClune, Peter Tollens, Ulrich Wellman, and Brian Zink, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
Vorsicht Farbe, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2007

New Acquisitions, Decordova Museum Lincoln, Massachusetts  4, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2006

Summer Show, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
One American Xmas Show, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel

2005

Variations on Yellow, Charlotte Jackson Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Portraits of Color, Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles
Paint on Metal; Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

2004

Weihnachtsausstellung, Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel
By Invitation, Charlotte Jackson Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003

Boston Abstraction Now, OSP Gallery, Boston
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

2002

Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

2000

Beauty, Mills Gallery, Boston

1999

9th Triennial, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston

1998

Gallery at Green Street, Jamaica Plain