Matthijs Scholten

Matthijs Scholten was born in 1983 in The Netherlands. 
His paintings have been exhibited nationally, as well as internationally in Russia and Montenegro. Matthijs describes his artistic inspiration as originating from the streets, from graffiti art and weathered elements of buildings. All of which serve as the impetus for his imaginative faces. Scholten's bold compositions largely focus on the striking eyes off his characters. 
Eyes that look at him, you, and out to the world.

The work of Matthijs Scholten is immediately recognisable as a ‘Scholten’ and difficult to classify in any particular style or school. He brings many, partly contrasting components together to create his own new, atypical visual language. Explosions arise from the depth of his psyche and this is his translation of the chaotic world around him. Constructivist elements and symbolism come together to form his very recognisable style.
The urge to establish order out of chaos is present and dominant in all of his artwork, giving every element of a composition equivalent meaning.

Through the use of the characteristics of the material, Scholten represents the objective world with expressionist techniques of spontaneity, reminiscent of Basquiat, Picasso and the COBRA movement.  This explosive connection forms his unique strength. Recognition, ultimately, is subordinate for Scholten, rather it is the emotion that the total image evokes that is most important.

In retrospect, Scholten transforms his visions, explosions, and his reality into a completely visual event. Tensions are either about to come to a discharge, or the drama has already happened. Simply put, Scholten’s work expresses the turbulent emotions of human existence. Scholten’s combative attitude towards the world around him is evident in his work through his use of colour and shape, making the clashes and movements experienced almost palpable.


2022 - Group exhibition Contemporary Art, SmithDavidson Gallery, New York, USA

2022 - Duo exhibition, Free or Form, SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2022 - KunstRai, SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2021 - KunstRai, SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019 - Exhibition, Museum Singer Laren, Laren, The Netherlands 

2019 - Solo exhibition, Maritime Heritage Museum, Tivat, Montenegro

2018 - Exhibition, Museum Singer Laren, Laren, The Netherlands

Born in The Netherlands on February 23rd, 1983

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