Matthew PHELPS

MATTHEW PHELPS - Landscapes

Matthew has become a regular exhibitor here in Highgate. 

Matthew Phelps has developed a unique expression in his work over the years. His work has now become a blend of sympathetic tone and colour, captured in a quiet atmosphere and developed through successive layers of paint and glazes. He feels a pull towards more abstract and involves reducing and simplifying forms within a landscape  “I tend to work without a rigid plan of what it will look like, I want the forms to emerge and recede with a mixture of change and controlled marks. I have tried to capture a sense of a still quiet place, where the actuality of location is blurred’

After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1990, Phelps has travel widely in order to extend his knowledge of art. He was granted a scholarship to study in Moscow and now lives in Norfolk.

A personal statement by the artist:
“My approach to painting has changed since I followed an etching course, where I found the broader application of tone and colour on to the etching plate helped me respond more expressively to large scale paintings. I now try to capture a quiet atmosphere, which is why I often opt for a darker tonal range.
I have always had the greatest admiration for Whistler and Degas - particularly the ‘Nocturne’ series of paintings by the former artist as,due to the fact that I am head of Art at a Sixth Form College in Norfolk, I mostly paint in the evenings”
Matthew Phelps September 2003

New Landscapes 2005: "... I have painted these pictures over the past year and they reflect my continuing interest in painting landscapes. In my larger paintings I have been trying to capture a strong sense of atmosphere by continuing to use a dark tonal range and glazes to produce rich colours. I feel it is important not to get stuck into a pattern of working and have therefore worked on a variety of ways of making marks in order to create interesting effects ...." Matthew Phelps 2005

More recently Matthew's inspiration and starting points have been walking in the Hebrides and the photographer Uta Barth's deceptively simple work.  Another point of reference for him is poetry ..."Often, what I project onto these surfaces are passages from poems.  In these passages I recognise a beauty and a solace, the quiet stillness I look for in painting." 

Paintings

Holkham
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Felbrigg (1)
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  Kelling Heath
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Marsh landscape
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 Richmond
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 River mouth
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 Holkham II
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 Richmond II
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22 Felbrigg (2)
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01 Thames Evening ( 1 )
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09 Marshland landscape
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03 Medway Evening
04 Above Whitbread Hollow ( 1 )
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05 Above Whitbread Hollow ( 2 )
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11 Cuckmere Valley
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07 Above Whitbread Hollow ( 4 )
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12 Winter landscape - Norfolk
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14  Suffolk Landscape (Stour Valley)
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15  Rajasthan ( I  )
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16 Rajasthan ( 2 )
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17 Benares
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18  Tall Trees
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20 Weybourne ( 2 )
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08 Medway  ( 2 )
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06  Above Whitbread Hollow ( 3 )
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02 Thames Evening ( 2 )
21 Happisburg
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20 Weybourne ( 2 )
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Cuckmere  Valley ii
Richmond iii
Cuckmere Valley, marsh 05
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Cuckmere Valley, plains
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Cuckmere Valley, vista
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Heathland
Horizon
Landscape and Sky
501  Norfolk Marshland
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503  Blakeney (1)
504  Blickling Lake
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505  Felbrigg, Dusk (1)
512  Sheringham Park, Norfolk (II)
513  Sheringham Park, Norfolk
514  Study for Norfolk Marshland
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525  Udaipur, Rajasthan (2)
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502  Udaipur, Rajasthan (1)
507 Hempstead Woods,Norfolk (I)
508  Hempstead Woods, Norfolk ( II )
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511  Sheringham Park Norfolk 1
515  Thames at Molesey
519  Whitbread Hollow 3
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520  Blakeney 2
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522 North Sea
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523  Richmond, Autumn
524  Kelling Heath
528 Abstract Landscape ( I )
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529 Abstract Landscape ( II )
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530  Abstract Landscape III
531 Abstract Landscape IV
532  Abstract Landscape V
533  Abstract Landscape VI
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534 Abstract Landscape VII
521  Cuckmere Valley V
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517 Whitbread Hollow (1)
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518  Whitbread Hollow (2)
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516  Melton Park
510  Hempstead Woods,Norfolk  (IV)
509  Hempstead Woods, Norfolk( III )
526  Evening, Felbrigg (1)
527  Evening, Felbrigg (2)
506  Felbrigg Dusk (2)
Blakeney 06
Blickling Lake 06
Kelling Heath I
Kelling Heath II
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Kelling Heath III
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Kelling Heath IV
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Norfolk Landscape Study I
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Norfolk Landscape Study II
Norfolk Landscape Study III
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Abstract Landscape VII
Study for North Sea
2010  Felbrigg Woods  (2009)
2010   Thames Evening
2010  Felbrig I
2010  Felbrig II
2010  Landscape study I
2010  Norfolk Series I
2010  Norfolk Series II
2010  Norfolk Series III
2010  Norfolk Series IV
2010  Norfolk Series V
2010  Skye Series II
2010  Skye Series III
2010  Skye Series I
2010  Untitled 4
2010  Untitled 5
2010 Untitled 2
2010 Untitled I
2010 White Series I
2010 White Series II
2010 White Series III
2010 White Series IV
2010 White Series VI
2010  Large White Series  II
2010  Large White Series  I
2010   White Series  XV
2010  Richmond I
2010  Richmond II
2010  Norfolk Series VI
2010  Norfolk Series II
2010  Norfolk Series VII
2010  Norfolk Series  VIII