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Matt Austin, Dazzle Ship #1, 2015, casein on panel, 19 inches x 13 inches, image courtesy of Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

Mahwah, N.J. — Matt Austin, a one-person exhibition of paintings, opens on Wednesday, February 1, in the Pascal Gallery of the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:45 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 3.

Austin’s paintings are imbued with a playful yet rapt attention to detail, perspective and light. A horizon can be found in many of his works, inspired by his love of the vistas from his childhood, spent on the flat plains of the Midwest. He is well known for his use of casein paint and 23 karat gold leaf, whether in murals, paintings, or hand carved objects and sculpture. The paintings in the show include a series of camouflage dazzle ships* and seascapes, as well as birds and nature inspired by the Chinoiserie murals of the early 18th Century and the European “Japonisme” movement of the late 1870’s.

Born in to a family of muralists, illustrators and painters, Austin honed his craft as an artist after spending many years involved in art installation at the Yale Center for British Art. He has followed his curiosity since 1971 and when not in his studio, he can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or climbing hills on his road racing bicycle.

*Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle (USA) or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used in World War 1, and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards.

This project is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Pascal Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Sydney Jenkins at 201-684-7147.

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