the surreal sensations of magic and mystery blanketed over me as i opened the art submitted by Matthew Castellano for MAGIC BOX this morning. i entered the Rook Cafe in hopes of this brilliant mind’s works being there. it was like a treat for getting up early, having a peace of mind, and taking on the day with such relentless optimism.
Matthew Castellano is a minimalist fantasy painter and illustrator. his works really play into the cerebral parts of your mind that are somewhat “eerie”. (originally from Florida) this Little Rock based artist is portraying emotion through a stream of thought provoking characters who seem to often lack clothing, spherical heads, and are decorated with rituals, ironic symbolism, and much more.
our paths crossed when i was living in Little Rock, Arkansas for about five months. we became friends through friends who wanted to help me get connected with the art scene. i have been blessed to have a pal like him, i wanted to be his friend since i met him because of his artwork. i was a fan immediately. we clicked and he allowed me to join in on a group art show at Gallery 360 called ICEBOX. i think it was one of the first group art showings i have participated in aside from school showings! (i’ll fact check later)
MAGIC BOX is set for the entire month of November. Our reception is on 11.11.16 – at the Rook Cafe. Please come and be consumed.