Ian A. Matthews is a singular contemporary artist who creates three-dimensional works using light, canvas, and paint. He pokes holes or tears raw canvas into strips, some large and rolling and others delicate, and weaves them onto angled wooden frames that he designs himself for each piece. He then applies paint to these textured canvas sculptures. The works roughly adhere to the vertical plane standard of painting, but they reach into the viewer's space in subtly probing ways. To these traditional painting materials Matthews also adds different lighting effects, including neon, LED backlighting, and electro-luminescent light cords.
Matthews' artistic practice is an exploration of the transcendence of light as it progresses through the day. "We each see natural light transcendence each day," says the artist. He works this into his creations, which are colorful paintings during the day, but when the lights are activated in the early evening, the works begin to glow. At night, the lights take hold, the painted surface diminishes to darkness, taking the painting into full transcendence and altering the energy of the room.
Matthews was born in Vancouver, Canada and today lives in Ottawa. He is currently practicing his art while studying Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa.