Mathew Cerletty - Contemporary Artists


N The Saatchi Gallery

Mathew Cerletty


Oil on linen

30.48 x 25.4cm

Mathew Cerletty’s work ranges fromaccutely rendered realist paintings and drawings to text based work distilling images of lifestyle ideals. Throughout his practice Cerletty defines the rules of attraction, using the formal qualities of painting to explore the principles of beauty and fixation. In N, traditional imagery is exchanged for a simple letter: a person’s initial, empty logo, generic mark, or graphic design. Set on a textured white ground, the letter’s painterly domination commands with its force of expression and charismatic humour. Rendered in envy-green and adorned with anthropomorphic eyes, N assumes centre of attention as typeface of sheer vanity.
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