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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Matt Kleberg

It’s hard to breathe life into an area like portraiture that’s been done to death. But Matt Kleberg’s portraits are so fresh and also masterful, providing accurate representations of their subject while at the same time being compelling stand-alone Contemporary paintings. Kleberg is in his early 20s and about to enter graduate school to obtain his MFA. How he applies the paint—with bravura brushstrokes—his sure line, strong palette and clear grasp of compositional arrangements reveal a confidence rare in one so young.

At this juncture, Kleberg seems poised between representation and abstraction. Graduate school will provide the study and time to discover his path. There is no question in my mind that he has all the tools in his grasp to be a truly great artist.

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