Matthew Felix Sun
Matthew Felix Sun is drawn to document and critique social and political subjects steeped in tradition, yet alert to modern movements, development, and current trends. As with many artists, Sun’s early work is grounded in realism, and evolved into a style that retains a representative cast but rejects slavish naturalism. He immerses himself in the patterns and rhythms of forms, particularly the contradiction between the surface beauty and harsh subjects, and from these foci has formed a distinctive style. The subject matter of his work ranges from portraiture and landscape/cityscape, to allegories and abstraction. Living in the U.S. as an immigrant from China for more than half his life, he is alert to culture variance and nuance, and documents cultural difference through a personal lens. A prolific painter, Matthew Felix Sun constantly explores new subject matter and technical challenges. He also works in mixed media, such as origami, and with found objects, coaxing the original from the mundane. Though his main oeuvre centers on dark themes, time to time, he would shift his focus to natural landscape for natural beauty and complexity as a respite.