Matthew Heller

 

Matthew Heller, an LA based artist, draws from a personal narrative for inspiration, using a visual form favored by Conceptual artists during the 1960s. His paintings replace imagery with poems or lyrics, words painted on canvas in the form of printed text. Some of the prose comes from his own writings, others from poems or songs by cultural legends such as John Lennon and David Bowie. The language gets re-contextualized and can be interpreted not only for what it states but how the typography occupies the space on the canvas. Other works focus on a particular word, either repeated multiple times on the canvas, or painstakingly painted to deceive the viewer into thinking it is done with materials other than paint. Heller has a strong following and collector base with celebrity collectors including Madonna, Courtney Cox, and Molly Sims.