Fairy Tales and Castles
Between Reality, Imaginary Beings and Places
Prints by Matthias Kern
June 2 – June 30, 2018
Walt Meade Gallery
Roxbury Arts Center
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Artist Talk : Saturday, June 16, 2:00 PM
Both events are free and open to the Community
Sponsored by Roxbury Wine & Spirits
With his new works, Matthias Kern invites you to experience the world of dreams and fantasies through the stories we read in our childhood. Be transported back to that world where our imaginations ran free.
Matthias Kern was born in 1964 in Celle, a small German city south of Hamburg. From a very early age he was exposed to various forms of art and attended all the art classes that were available in his hometown. He was fortunate to have attended classes with Martha Asfalck-Fietz, a very well known German artist, focusing on watercolor, and printmaking classes with Silvia Slawik-Nolte.
At this point Matthias was guided to study with Helga Hentschel-Holterdorf in Worpswede, an artist colony located in northern Germany (outside of Bremen) which further encouraged his desire to soak in as much art as possible.
In the mid 1980’s, he became associated with other artists and held group shows in and around Celle and other German cities. In 1989 he had his first solo show, which brought him considerable notoriety and lead his work to be presented more widely. As the early 1990’s progressed, so did Matthias’ work. He continued to attend art classes and hold more shows, both group and solo. He presented work all over Germany including shows in Hannover, Hamburg and Tecklenburg.
After moving to the United States and settling in New York, he had his first show in the DUMBO Art Festival in Brooklyn. Since then, he has had two solo shows in New York City. His work was noted as being a “very well needed entry onto the New York art scene.”
Over the years, Matthias has experimented with various artistic expressions including watercolor, acrylic and pastel, as well as printmaking. He enjoys working in the older printmaking techniques as well as more modern techniques of intaglio, encompassing dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, line etching, silk screen, monotype and woodcut.
His vision is to achieve with his art feelings that we all have experienced, and to allow his audience to personalize those emotions to mean something specific for them.