Featured Acquisition: Matthew Pendleton

Untitled, 2022

16 x 16 inches

graphite, color pencil and oil pastels on black paper

signed lower right

Matthew Pendleton’s work challenges judgement; a pencil in his hand becomes a sorcerer’s wand, conjuring a meditation on the first known manual of Japanese gardening, the Sakuteiki (“records of garden-making”) or a never-ending dream-time journal from the Kimberley region of western Australia.

Compellingly precise, ripe with unfolding metaphysical lineage, the visual promise of Pendleton’s work is profound.

“I feel my work can be described as continuous life, boundless growth and vibrating energy,” he told Peyton-Wright Gallery.  “It’s an exploration into one’s eternal topography.“

Matthew Pendleton’s work is a labor of quietness and precision. It can best be described as the physical footprint of a “living meditation.”

Spending months – or  even years – of focused attention on each piece, every line gives vitality to the work.

He begins each piece with a small, abstract shape against a paper field. Slowly, laboriously, he begins to outline the shape with spider-web thin lines. Never-touching and carefully drawn, these lines begin to take on a life of their own as the drawing’s topography is revealed.

The lines create a visual echo of the central shape, rippling out in all directions to the edge of the paper, reacting and creating tension within and around each other.

Pendleton’s lines prevail and unfold, piquing our device-addled psyches, enjoining us to accompany him across the threshold and through the doorway of perception, the abiding frontispiece of Pendleton’s work.