Matt Bollinger is a painter currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work grew out of a childhood activity of making collage with hand made papers. He has since developed his process to include painting over the collage and then some. His work is layered in this way and he sees a nice fit between this process and reading and memory.
The stratification of the paper and paint parallel the way memory retains and display images in the mind and how we read a book by turning pages. Matt calls himself a voracious reader and daydreamer, and it is from these sources that he not only finds his characters but also his passion for the painting. He sees his work as the manifestations of mental experience.
Matt graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with an M.F.A. with honors in 2007. He is represented by Zurcher Studio in NY and in Paris. Through this gallery and others he has had seven solo shows since 2007. His work has also been exhibited in group exhibitions in NYC; Paris; Philadelphia; Provincetown, MA; and San Francisco; and he will be in an exhibit in Berlin later this year.
He was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center for two years in Provincetown and has a video interview on Gorky’s Granddaughter.