Matthew Mann | Buddy Pictures

Artist Statement

Matthew Mann’s assemblages of paintings, Buddy Pictures, is a refreshing analysis of painting as a method of storytelling.  Mann’s paintings depict scenes fraught with allegory of archetypal cowboys and vivid yet geographically impossible landscapes.  All of these components create displaced histories that visually coalesce to form a more realistic mapping of the imagination and our memory.  Throughout Mann’s paintings, references of Washington, DC merge with snippets of biblical symbols and historical anecdotes.  Mann collapses compositional perspectives throughout each landscape to offer the viewer new angles that influence our imagination.