Matthew Prins currently works as a Graphic Designer in Cape Town. His recent turn to art production is marked by a meticulous, introspective meditation of his domestic spaces. In the vein of British artist, David Hockney’s graphic approach to the picture plane, Prins’ striking images of house plants offer fresh persepective on a familiar subject.
Prins is inspired by textile designs, particularly those of Austrian architect, Josef Frank. His works reflect a sophisticated understanding of shape, colour and composition such that their simplicity belies a skillful draftsmanship and acute design aesthetic. He works primarily with acrylic paint on board in a graphic application of paint, tempered by hand-drawn marks in oil pastel.
Matthew Prins is from Pietermaritzburg and studied a BA in Visual Communication Design at Stellenbosch University. He first exhibited work at Salon Ninety One’s December show ‘Trees Make Forests’ in 2017. He currently lives and works in Cape Town.
SELECTED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
2020 - A Hazy Shade of Winter, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Turbine Art Fair, Salon91, online. 2018 - Turbine Art Fair, Salon91, Cape Town; Folklore, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town. 2017 - Trees make forests, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town.