Through our collaboration with the Washington Printmakers Gallery, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, we are fortunate to offer prints by local artist Tonia Matthews to our OPG collectors and visitors. Our first contemporary group show of WPG artists featured three editioned prints of hers- two of which we still have left.
Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in fine art in 1981 from Indiana University. She is currently an assistant professor and the Program Director for the M.F.A. Studio Art Department at Towson University. Her work is exhibited in collections of the National Institute of Health, the College of Notre Dame, and Clemson University, and she shows her art regionally, nationally, and in also international venues.
“My current body of work is from an exhibition entitled, Girls Like Ice Cream. The series of prints is an exhibit of everyday images that carry whimsical characteristics. These objects may be a pair of shoes, a group of purses, or a basket filled with stars. The subject matter is gathered from childhood memories in rural Indiana and my current life in urban Baltimore.
My prints maintain a continuous theme that a single image is no more important that its surrounding environment. This theme is portrayed through energetic marks and color relationships that lead the eye back and forth between figure and ground. In this series, I demonstrate a rich combination of printmaking techniques such as etching, collagraph, relief, solar plates, and mezzotint. I combine various mediums in innovative ways, creating an active painterly surface that resembles playful loops and swirls.
Through technique and a whimsical outlook I infuse each image with energy, stunning color, and moments of excitement.”