Matt Coyle, Hot Mess, 2012, pen on paper, 68 x 89cm
Matt Coyle’s signature use of black pen on white paper has evolved over many years, allowing him to explore the possibilities of line and the dramatic effects of light and shadow. His works have an intense cinematic quality both fascinating and bewitching. In his new exhibition, Coyle explores the idea of beauty within the abject, in chaos and filth. This is evident in crudely assembled bodies of dirt, which speak of our need to find order, to find faces, meaning and connection, wherever we can.