Anyone who has met Bobby Mathieson is smitten immediately. He is energetic, earnest, sparkly and his paintings keep you coming back. When the director of Betamax Gallery, Rachel Zottenberg and her co curator, Art Consultant Christopher Fadden were plotting out their annual plan for Betamax Gallery. A list was made of artists they had always had wanted to work with. Bobby was at the top of this list! He is very much the whole package. A talented painter and also one of the most entertaining people you can ever lay eyes on.
Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.
Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He currently lives and works in Toronto. He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL, The Seattle Art Fair and VOLTA in New York. His work has also been featured in the Art With Heart auction as well as auctions at Angell Gallery for several years. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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