The picture shows the installation, a kind of carpet, that moves up along the walls, which are as well painted from the artist.

Matthew Ritchie - Winner of 1999

Matthew Ritchie creates work that is a cross between drawing, installation, and painting; it is a manifestation of the artist’s personal cosmology. In additive, collage-like compositions that cover canvases but may also spill over onto walls and ceilings, the handwritten act of painting is linked with virtual planes that seem to be computer-generated. Symbolism drawn from both private and public (computer) worlds yields a complex, inextricably interwoven vision in which the beholder can “surf” at will.

In addition to the cash prize, Baloise acquires a group of works by the award winners and donates them to two important European museums. Matthew Ritchie's work Abraxas 2000 was presented to the collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Portrait of the Artist Matthew Ritchie
Matthew Ritchie, 1964, lives and works in New York, United States