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Cheer Up, John

by Matthew Rose

Description

'Cheer up, John' is just one of 12 new collage works in this slightly dangerous, oftentimes sexy and bird-in-hand deadpan series by American artist Matthew Rose.

"Cheer up, John" said Mrs. Williams, trying to keep a smiling face. "There's no cloud without a silver lining." Indeed. Mrs. Williams is a nurse with an immense jelly-fish head, and John is her patient and all mouth screaming bloody murder as he takes an IV.

Deceptively simple, these collages draw out a fragmented narrative typical of Matthew Rose's work. Words cut and married to a range of odd characters, provide a dozen theatrical one-acts of absurd encounters. In Matthew Rose's world, when parties meet, an emotional oil spill ensues. "It's a wonderful world," says the artist, "if you can read – and cut and paste – between the lines."

The collection, 'A Strange Meeting,' is the first in a series of original works created for and offered exclusively by Keep Calm Gallery. Matthew Rose's work was recently featured in the just-published MASTERS: COLLAGE.

This is an original collage piece by Matthew Rose. As this collage is unique there is just one available.

  • Collage on paper
  • Signed and dated by the artist
  • Stamped by the artist on the reverse
  • Acid free paper
  • Approximately 305mm by 230mm (12 by 9 inches)

The Artist

Matthew Rose, an American artist based in Paris, spells with scissors.

His installations, massive 1000-piece wall-to-wall displays of individual collage works reinvent the process of reading. His exhibitions 'Spelling With Scissors' and 'God & Country' and 'A Kick in the Kunst' brought together the artist's immense visual and textural vocabulary in what several critics cited as a dadaist exploration of sense and nonsense. Surrealism moves into the 21st century with Rose's collages, text works, drawings, needlepoints and altered objects and books – works that are perhaps described as secrets wrapped in riddles that are visually baked and often French-fried.

 
Matthew's art is widely collected throughout the UK, Europe and the United States.  

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