In this exhibition ” Vague Memories ” I have used landscapes as a vehicle for the application of paint and colour to create distance, tonal variants, changing hues and shapes.
Brushed on impasto is scraped and transformed into images that are not as clear as when first painted. Clarity to translucence to disturbed, like memories that upon reflection dissipate and dissolve, transforming visual imagery into fleeting moments of shapes, colours and movement.
The aesthetic scene created stimulates both the mind and emotions. Hoping to create beauty it also gives a sense of everything from serenity to pathos and possibly beauty through them.
In a world of instant gratification through technology and convenience, landscape is seen through different eyes than when I was first introduced to its beauty, its forms and many colours. I was totally immersed in the landscape of my surroundings. I found wandering through the woods and encountering vistas, encapsulated feelings that still revolve through my mind. Therefore it is more through feeling than visual memory that I approach a canvas. The images come to light and are transformed through paint to the canvas. Irrespective of the initial clarity, a sense of dissipation is created, reflecting the many distractions and commitments that life can create in this era of technology.
Through this exhibition I hope to convey a sense of how past memories can become vague but that emotions can be evoked and remembered.
Born in Edmonton, Matt Petley-Jones graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts Special in 1978 with a major in painting.
Matt credits his love of art to his family; his parents were both professional photographers and influences such as his uncle Llewellyn Petley-Jones made a huge impact on his aesthetic sensibilities.
Drawn to the energy created in composition, Matt’s paintings focus on creating movement through broken down forms and the interplay of colour on the canvas. He attempts to retain the essence of his subject while bringing to it a new dimension through his vibrant palette.