ARTIST - MATTHEW HAGEMANN

 

Artist Statement

The natural world has its own unique form of intelligence, balance, sense of mystery, and power that dwarf any man made environment. That is what the artist expresses on canvas through his intuition and artistic skills. The paintings exhibit a somewhat realistic quality, but with a bit of a twist. Through the use of stylization, the artist becomes a magician, who gently lures us into the enchanted realm of his imagination, where common landscapes magically become mysterious, dreamlike, surreal, mystical, or even spiritual, where stillness prevails, as if a moment is frozen in time.

With a strong technical foundation, intuitiveness, and skillful stylization, the artist has created this unique and compelling signature style of his own.

Biography

Mr. Hagemann has enjoyed painting and drawing from an early age. He studied architecture at Triton College, and worked for an architectural firm for several years. He loved the beauty of fine architecture and began to pursue a career as an artist specializing in paintings of urban architecture. His background in architectural illustration provided him with a strong foundation in perspective and composition that proved extremely beneficial in his art career. He broadened his repertoire through instruction in oil painting from artist Ruyell Ho. For the past fifteen years he has specialized in paintings of contemporary landscapes. His work is highly stylized and evokes a somewhat surreal, mystical, magical feel. The paintings appear to be somewhere between this world and a dream world, very calm, and very still, almost frozen in time. He is a recipient of a grant from The Pollock – Krasner Foundation.


SELECT SOLO SHOWS

2018 Nature " The Gloriuos Handiwork of the Creator" The Chicago Cultural Center Rennaisance Court Gallery Chicago Illinois
2012 The University Club Chicago, Illinois
2010 Thomas Masters Gallery Chicago, Illinois
2007 Monforts Fine Art Racine, Wisconsin
2005 Monforts Fine Art Racine, Wisconsin
2004 Gallery 219 Barrington, Illinois
2003 The Street Level Gallery Highwood, Illinois
2002 Galleria Gala Chicago, Illinois

SELECT GROUP SHOWS

2017 Anderson Arts Center Kenosha, Wisconsin
2016 Bloomingdale Park Bloomingdale, Illinois District Museum
2015 Gallery 505 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2014 Timothy Cobb Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2014 4 Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2013 Women’s City Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Art Prize 2013)
2012 The Rockford Art Museum Rockford, Illinois
(Midwest Biannual)
2012 The Women’s City Club Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Art Prize 2012)
2011 Thomas Masters Gallery Chicago, Illinois
2010 Rockford Art Museum Rockford, Illinois
(Midwest Biannual)
2008 The Chicago Art Open Chicago, Illinois
2007 Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin
2007 Portals Ltd. Chicago, Illinois
2006 Monforts Fine Art Racine, Wisconsin
2006 The Chicago Art Open Chicago, Illinois
2005 The Street Level Gallery Highwood, Illinois
2005 Gallery 219 Tubac, Arizona
2004 4 Art Chicago, Illinois
2004 International Arts Club Chicago, Illinois
2004 Mason Murer Atlanta, Georgia
2004 Modern Primitive Gallery Atlanta, Georgia
2004 Gallery 219 Tubac, Arizona
2003 The Noyes Cultural Center Evanston, Illinois
2003 Gallery 219 Tubac, Arizona
2003 Gallery 219 Barrington, Illinois
2003 Modern Primitive Gallery Atlanta, Georgia
2001 The Art Garden Gallery Lake Forest, Illinois
2001 Gallery 1633 Chicago, Illinois
2000 Raw Art Gallery Chicago, Illinois

GRANTS

The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Inc. 2006


PUBLICATIONS – ARTICLES

Studio Visit Magazine - spring 2010
Kenosha News- September 2007


CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Marathon Oil Corporation
Amoco Oil Corporation
Evanston Hospital