ON VIEW: November 20 – December 19, 2021

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Opening Reception: Sunday, November 21 from 1–4pm

Matt Irie received his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston (2002). Irie completed a permanent commission for the Chicago Public Libraries in 2005. He participated in the Luleá Art Biennial, Luleá, Sweden (2009) and was included in Double Take, a public exhibition of site-specific sculptural works funded by The Public Art Fund at MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY (2010). In 2011 he had solo exhibitions at The Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI and Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL. In 2012 & 2013 Irie was included in two-person exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX and Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Most recently Irie’s work was included in group exhibitions at Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL and SUPERDUTCHESS, New York, NY.


My paintings are constructed with drips of house paint collaged on panel. I build compositions through layering scribbled marks influenced by naïve drawings and abstract gestures. Through the manipulation of texture, layering, and color, I create a painted surface that must be viewed at a distance and through close inspection. My work interrogates the space between the real and the simulated, the arbitrary and the intentional, and the ironic and sincere. I am interested in the interplay of marks that are energetic and joyful that also function as a lie.

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This exhibition will be held in the Second Floor Gallery + Atrium of the Evanston Art Center (EAC). All visitors are required to wear face masks. Please adhere to 6' social distancing requirements when in the gallery space. 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 1 pm - 6 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm


If you are interested in purchasing artwork on display, please contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at [email protected] or (847) 475-5300 x 107.

This project is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and EAC's general membership.

Artwork shown (L to R): Matt Irie, Substitute T-shirt (detail), 2020; Matt Irie, The Lover Class (detail), 2020