Born in Manhattan and now based in Brooklyn, Matthew Sprung’s work aims to channel the immediacy of Abstract Expressionism into an expressionistic figuration that considers how American society values its citizens on a grossly varying scale. His practice has evolved more recently from introspective exploration to include and focus on the history of oppression and representation. Moving into more realistic elements of portraiture, Sprung is able to use his energetic style to consider the painfully slow pace of actual change in the real world while hoping to motivate the viewer to utilize lessons of strength from the past to fight for a better future. The textured, gestural brushstrokes and near frantic movement on the canvas aims to create a sense of urgency and immediacy from the presence of the subject while balancing a more traditional and painterly colorist approach.

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