Presenting ARTYA AWARD Winning Artist
ARTYA AWARDS presents Maribel Matthews- Maria Isabel Matthews’ work exhibits a wide range of techniques and styles. She predominantly works in oils, but also utilizes collage and acrylics. Mathews shows a profound interpretation of the fleeting moments in life. Through soft textures and dreamy color palettes, she captures the romanticism encompassing abstraction to Impressionist and landscapes to city views. Matthews’s brushstrokes add interest to the painting, but they also add energy. It is as if they give us a glimpse into her mind and the movement of her thoughts and feelings. Vivid monochromatic images focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness.
Highly celebrated as a prominent artist in Gibraltor, Maribel Matthews is known for a variety of painting styles through culturally rich art. She displays what may appear as smooth, soft textures using oils and acrylics, enhanced by vibrant tones and engaging spacial elements that highlight the emotion in her subjects. Her work is bold and romanticizes the chosen settings, people, and culture. Her ability to connect with natural beauty has driven her efforts to speak about environmental issues.
What are you currently focusing on?
“At the moment, I’m very determined to create awareness about the disastrous effects that climate change is having on our planet. That is my main focus. My way of promoting this is through my art. Therefore for the past year, I have produced a number of works that depict the above — for example, the increase of floods and natural disasters worldwide and of course, global warming.”
Where are you from, and how has it influenced your work?
”I’m from a beautiful micro-city in the Mediterranean called Gibraltar. It is an iconic rock standing proud. In the blue sea, the light and colors of our climate have influenced my work. The wonderful Mediterranean Sea and its landscapes that surround me are a constant inspiration. I always use vivid colors, and now because of my interest in the above, My work has become more abstract.”