We will soon welcome Matthew Higginbotham for another soul stirring show. Named “Uncommon Ground,” Matthew’s late August to early September exhibition is the visually rich result of the artist’s quest to present familiar landscape views in revelatory ways. Matthew describes his artistic journey as a continual movement toward resonant understanding, saying, “What I feel with my work…is that I’ve been going deeper and deeper into the emotion of the land, the spirit of the land.”
Matthew takes an annual trip to the Bosque, arriving when the birds start their move toward warmer climes. He explains, “It’s not only a time to see them, but also the ground cover there is so amazingly beautiful. I go back every year to explore what’s new there – always going in deeper and deeper to the country – to the land.” Matthew physically moves deeper into the expanse, and in journeying farther in, he brings the viewer to a fuller emotional connection to his subject matter.
One can get lost in a meditative-like trance when gazing into Matthew’s work. He not only brings an inimitable softness to country-scapes, but he also manages to soften the oft harsh and angular qualities of canyons and mountainous terrain. In recent years, Matthew has ventured to the Grand Canyon for inspiration. He recalls, “[I] thought, okay, infinity and space is so important in my work, and the Grand Canyon opened up that opportunity to me. And so what I love about the Canyon is its immensity. I felt very insignificant and very small.”
Coming face-to-face with one’s fleeting existence in comparison to the infinite natural wonders of the world is, in many ways, a spiritual event. When we understand our smallness, we are reminded of the grandness of surrounding beauty and the incomprehensible vastness of the universe. Matthew shares, “Painting for me is a spiritual practice and I want to be able to translate in some small way the spiritual beauty onto canvas.”
Matthew’s upcoming show, “Uncommon Ground,” eloquently translates the spiritual beauty he finds in nature into lasting visual form. He provides a window into the wonder of the world and brings the viewer’s attention to a canyon filled with grandeur, a tree budding with the mysterious newness of spring, a soft horizon bursting with the colors of evening.
We invite you to join us for Matthew Higginbotham’s show, which will run from August 27th through September 9th. You will also have a chance to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Friday, August 30th from 5-7pm. We look forward to seeing you!
6 of Matthew’s paintings were recently chosen and published in a stunning book called “Art of the National Parks”. We are selling it at the gallery, so be sure to ask about it when you come in!
If purchasing a piece off the blog, mention that you found the piece on the blog and get a special discount!