Matthew Lopas: Interview

Matthew Lopas, Via Garibaldi Detail 1, oil on canvas, 22 x 51 inches, oil, 2014
Matthew Lopas, Via Garibaldi Detail 1, oil on canvas, 22 x 51 inches, oil, 2014 (courtesy of the artist)

Sam King interviews painter Matthew Lopas whose exhibition (Un)Distorted: Perceptual Paintings, is on view at the Arts & Sciences center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR, through December 5, 2015.

Lopas comments: "There is a great deal of painting that I love, have looked at, and learned from. But resonance is something different from that. For a painting to resonate it should be with you when you paint. It should guide you when you make decisions. It should occur to you in moments of reverie. For me those are individual artists or specific paintings, rather than periods. That’s because I think all works of art that exist are in some sense contemporary. If you can stand in front of it now, you can experience it totally on your own terms, regardless of its place in history... For me I have learned that painting is a process that produces a state of mind. It is best when no other concerns invade it. The judgment of others or yourself, the reception of the art world, are hindrances. Paintings are best when made from a state of pure absolute personal need. You must give yourself permission and space to get to it and then notice when you are ripe for working well."