Matthieu Montchamp

Born in 1979

Lives and works in Marseilles

By way of an exploratory praxis, Matthieu Montchamp's painting and drawings set up spaces of curiosity. His canvases become a place of presences familiar and strange alike, organic objects, architectural landscapes, hybrid items of furniture... It is a fantastic world, at once disconcerting and dreamlike, which is developed in each one of his works, a world in which formal research seems to join forces with the experience of textures, transparencies, and different kinds of paint. The space of the picture is a fictional zone with many entrances, a rough or slippery space over which the eye moves, drifts or catches.
There is an infinitely sombre part in Matthieu Montchamp's art, like a profundity which refers directly to the basis of the personal construction. "In the end, I'm trying to bring out meaning, something like an underground relation that is erotic and violent", he writes. For it is an interior work which is delivered on the surface of his canvases and in the lines of his drawings. In them, Matthieu Montchamp summons worlds of unfathomable desire and virulently explores them.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.