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Matt dosa

His art career started in graffiti, and although he now paint on canvas more often than concrete, street art continues to influence his work to this day - both in the materials he use, and in the artists he looks to for inspiration.

Dosa’s paintings are always partly, if not entirely, unplanned. He create spontaneous landscapes of pattern and form, masking one part of the landscape while he create another “not knowing how the whole will appear until the mask is peeled away”.  He sometimes thinks of his work as a sequence of experiments or iterations. Each painting take’s elements from the previous one, and building them into new environments. He works with texture and mixed media, with acrylic and spraypaint at the heart of his toolkit.


Although his work is completely abstract, Dosa’s often thinking about letter forms as he paints, and parts of letters can be found scattered through the work, echoes from my time as a graff writer.

It’s for the viewer to decide what his landscapes mean, and to label what they find in them, if anything. It interests him to learn what springs into people’s minds when they look at his work - one man’s jungle canopy is another’s cluster of open parasols, and Matt often ask other people to name the finished pieces. For him, he see’s nothing but the multitude of techniques he’s employed to apply paint to canvas, and the new possibilities born in this painting, which he will carry over to the next.

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