Bobby Mathieson is a painter who captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, expanding on the emotional content through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting, while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects.
Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Southampton and Miami. Mathieson lives and works in Toronto.