Details:

This portrait painting depicts a cherub strumming a lyre and ascending to heaven. The composition was inspired by a thrift store painting the artist found, a work that rendered heaven in a visceral and unpretentious way—rather than as usually depicted in classical religious works.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Spicy Angel

This portrait painting depicts a cherub strumming a lyre and ascending to heaven. This composition's working title was Shitty Heaven, as it strives, yet fails, to create a majestic scene. The composition was inspired by a thrift store painting the artist found, a work that rendered heaven in a visceral and unpretentious way—rather than as usually depicted in classical religious works. The artist created this composition in a similar immediate and untrained style, eschewing his natural technical skill in painting.

After substantial commercial success and subsequent disenchantment with the art world, Matt Momchilov took nearly a decade’s hiatus from his art practice. This painting is part of a new body of work that is an experiment in unlearning. The artist's new compositions are an inquiry into a kind of creative sustenance that champions pleasure and play, spontaneity and imperfection, curiosity and surprise. The resulting paintings focus on joy and stand apart from a medium inundated—and often strangled by—rigor. They are portraits of tender and effusive characters drawn from the mall, the spirit world and the mythical American West. Though masterful in technique and stroke, these figures are awkward but riveting; they arrive in a raw palette of ketchup reds and sandstone grays, with contrasting pops and strips of jewel tones and raggedy patterns. The unfinished nature of Momchilov's canvases are a giant middle finger to a status quo who worships the bottom line, and to a past self whose inner critic held court. Opting for a soft grip over a heavy hand, Momchilov enters another dimension when he’s painting. The artist chooses to discover, not invent, saying of his characters: “I let them make me laugh. I let them tell me what’s next.”

Specs:

30 inches
24 inches

③ Artist:

Matt Momchilov

Matt Momchilov’s paintings are tender and effusive portraits of characters drawn from diverse walks of life—including the mall, the spirit world and the mythical American West. Opting for a soft grip over a heavy hand, the artist’ work depicts awkward but riveting figures in a raw palette contrasted with jewel tones and raggedy patterns. The unfinished nature of Momchilov’s compositions keep them in a constant state of becoming, while simultaneously serving as a giant middle finger to the marketplace status quo and its worship of the bottom line.

Matt Momchilov:
Spicy Angel, 2022
Oil on canvas
24.0 × 30.0 inches /