I’m so glad our presentation of Matthew Varey’s exhibition Building on History has been extended until March 28. Not only is it great to see a McMaster alumnus’ triumphant return, but it’s also great to see his impressive body of work. Matthew’s collection of eight paintings and one sculpture is immediately familiar and agreeable to the eye.
We exist in the cityscape day after day without considering how and why concrete structures are made. Although our eyes see these silhouettes of towering buildings within Varey’s paintings, his images look beyond the present time. They revisit the concrete strength of the bomb shelter or bunker of wars past while looking ahead to our ever-expanding cement cities and suburbs, even beyond the boundaries of Earth to the skies where comets fly. Beautiful in their layers and layers of glowing colour, these works of art have been a pleasure to present to tour groups and individual visitors. I encourage you to come!
– Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, McMaster Museum of Art