Matthew Cornell, ‘Surf’, 2016, ARCADIA CONTEMPORARY

About Matthew Cornell

Working at an intimate scale, Matthew Cornell’s oil-on-panel paintings capture a timeless sense of the American coastal and suburban landscape. Cornell was born in California and went to college in Long Beach, accounting for his interest in the water, but he has extensively traveled the United States by road. His photorealistic paintings capture the specific architecture and landscapes of small towns. Each scene seems frozen in the moment the artist witnessed it, as Cornell paints time-specific elements such as snow or the sunlight of the magic hour into his work. His paintings of ocean waves are more focused in scale, yet they depict each crest and ripple of the water in the same hyperrealist photographic detail as his landscapes.

American, b. 1964, Fairfield, California