MATTHEW DIBBLE

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

B. 1957 USA

Dibble's work has long displayed this double trajectory, in which expression moves towards meaning in the abstracts and also in the counterbalancing figural work—as if the right and left hemispheres of his brain were performing an intricate dance.

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Matthew Dibble spent decades in the construction business, and approaches his art like a true tradesman: with watchful attention and professional confidence, he composes gesturally abstract and figural paintings marked by creative choreography. He attended Cleveland’s former defiantly inspiring Cooper School of the Arts, and has marched to his own drummer ever since graduating in 1978. Dibble’s ongoing body of work includes original, nuanced reactions to both modern and postmodern sensibilities, with as few aesthetic or philosophical pretensions as possible. A fascination with gesture and action continues to underlie his large-scale Abstract Expressionist paintings, while his figurative work deploys distorted, other-worldly creatures across layered surfaces that fascinate. His work has long displayed this double trajectory, in which expression moves towards meaning in the abstracts and also in the counterbalancing figural work—as if the right and left hemispheres of his brain were performing an intricate dance.

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AVAILABLE WORK

MATTHEW DIBBLE CV

  

Training

 

Cooper School of Art, Cleveland, OH 1975-1978

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair, Virtual Edition, Global, 8-29 November 2021

 

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, "Levels of Abstraction", new work from 5 artists, Charlotte, NC May 2021

 

 Lyons Wier Gallery, on line exhibition "Chrysalistasis" new work from 50 artists, curated by James Austin Murray_New York, NY June 2020

    

First Street Gallery” Legendary Bog” Solo Painting Exhibition, New York, NY January 2019

 

The Painting Center, Group Exhibition, “Kindred Spirits”, New York, NY November 2017

 

The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY November 2017

 

Tregoning & Co. Solo Painting Exhibition “Puzzled Bipeds”, Cleveland, Ohio May 2017

 

First Street Gallery: “Useful Pressures” Solo Painting Exhibition, New York, NY January 2017

 

First Street Gallery: “Under the Influence” Members Show, New York, NY April 2015

 

Tregoning & Co. Solo Painting Exhibition “Brace” Cleveland, OH May 2014

 

Elder Gallery, “Solo Painting Exhibition”, Charlotte, NC  March 2014

 

Tregoning & Co. “Aspects of Modern Life,”  Cleveland, OH April 2011

 

Arts Collinwood Gallery “Hope For the Picture Guild, ”Cleveland, OH Sept. 2010

 

Butler Institute of American Art, 74th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH July 2010

 

Asterisk Gallery, “Equipping the Shop for Action,” Cleveland, OH, August 2009

 

Tregoning & Co., “Paintings and Constructions,” Cleveland, OH July 2009

 

73rd Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH June 2009

 

Tregoning & Company, Cleveland, OH April 2008

 

50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, NY June 2007

 

Butler Institute of American Art, 70th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH July 2006

 

Beaker Gallery, “sawtelle, the sequel”  Tampa, FL October 2004

 

Thrive, an artspace, “Beyond the Surface”  Cleveland, OH April, 2004

 

domestic setting, “Sequel”  Los Angeles, CA March, 2003

 

superior (an exhibition space), Cleveland, OH April 2002

 

Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA April 1998

Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH March 1996

 

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH June 1994

 

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV March 1994

 

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH June 1993

Moreau Gallery, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN January 1990

 

Karamu House, Cleveland, OH November 1984

 

SPACES, Cleveland, OH July 1984

 

 

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH 1980, 1984, 1985

 

 

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When asked to make a statement about my work, part of me begins to draw back. Something is seen that makes me uncomfortable. Words become unsatisfying. I’ve been there before, so I stay with it and begin to realize that I don’t know. Relaxing a bit, certain possibilities become open to me. There is a chance that if I’m quiet enough, it can work through me. My work is what happens in the course of that process—the encounter between myself, the present moment, and the materials at hand.