My work is an ongoing exploration into a connection between the lyrical structure, rhythm, and cadence of centuries-old hymn texts and abstract painting. I am interested in how the language of historic hymn texts has been used in generations both old and new to convey theologically rich truths. I am also inspired by musicians efforts in recent decades to contemporize the content of hymns and reinvigorate deep truths contained within by connecting them to this day with newer music. Most of the hymns I consider have never been paired with music, so I liken my artistic efforts to providing a visual context for theological content in an abstract way. I explore the language of color to communicate emotion, sentiment, and the complexity of my beliefs and life experiences. In all of this, color is a gateway to communicating with the viewer. I use color to create rich and complex compositions that offer hope, joy, and encourage both exploration and introspection.
Matthew Linden King, b. May 24, 1981, grew up in Atlanta, GA the second oldest of eight children. As a child, he was always encouraged to search out his surroundings, satisfy his curiosities, and create new worlds. As an artist, he is privileged to continue these explorations today. He graduated in 2003 from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA with a BFA in studio art. After graduating, he taught art in the public school system for a number of years before attending graduate school. In 2015, he graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA with an MFA in painting. He is teaching as an adjunct professor of painting and photography at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and works on staff with First Presbyterian Church in Pooler, GA leading music. He currently lives and makes his work in Savannah, GA.