Born in Manhattan and now based in Brooklyn, Matthew Sprung draws on New York and his life as sources of inspiration. His work aims to channel the immediacy of Abstract Expressionism into a figurative geography expressing varying emotional states and psychological experiences. His practice has evolved more recently from strictly personal expressions of general feelings to include and focus on the current sociopolitical climate in America and around the world, most recently completing portraits of Bishops and Cardinals under investigation for sexual abuse charges as well as Pope Francis. Moving into more realistic elements of portraiture, Sprung is able to use his energetic style to challenge specific ethical dilemmas in the real world while opening up a healthy skepticism for the viewer. The texture, gestural brushstrokes, and near frantic movement on the canvases aim to create a sense of urgency while balancing a more traditional and painterly colorist approach for a balanced yet exciting finished work.