Matthias van Arkel – Please touch the artist

Last summer I took some photos of Matthias in my studio. I used them to make a Pocket Art piece for him.

Now I have used the same photo to paint him in very large format. The challenge was to create a similar feel, with the glossy surface, the colors, and the texture.

I have applied three layers of high gloss varnish on the face. The painting is divided in eight sections, each 53,5 x 57 cm. This is about the same size Matthias works with in his unique silicone paintings, which in some cases are as large as 10 x 10 meters! Check his website: The piece I bought last summer can be found on page 11 in his Works presentation, #933 (Dark Quadruplet).

In the spring Matthias had an exhibition at Galleri Andersson/Sandström in Umeå, titled “Please touch the artwork”. Go to to see pictures.
That is why I came up with the text that I sprayed with chrome spraypaint.

Matthias is rather pleased with the work, but he believes I made him fatter than he thinks he is, ha ha! I have not…
Matthias is not fat and he is a great guy, and a brilliant artist.

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