Matthew Dibble
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About Matthew Dibble
Dibble is a solid example of a self-made man, both as an artist and as a skilled tradesman. He was a 1978 graduate of Cleveland’s defiantly inspiring, now-defunct Cooper School of the Arts, and has marched to his own drummer ever since, indifferent to changing intellectual trends in university art department BFA/MFA culture. Yet even in that world, painting has had a tendency to follow its own historic arcs, and Dibble’s ongoing interests, which can be traced back to his student days, include original, nuanced reactions to both modern and postmodern personalities—from Henri Matisse and Fernand Léger through Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, all the way up to the present. You don’t need an MFA to know your art history. A fascination with pattern and repetition continues to underlie his large-scale Abstract Expressionist paintings, inspired perhaps by such mid-century American painters as Mark Tobey, who was interested in symbolic form from a surrealist perspective, but also as a more contemporaneous early influence from the Pattern and Decoration movement that surged in the 1970s. In fact his work has long displayed a double trajectory, which includes those paintings where expression moves towards meaning, but also a counterbalancing body of work, in which the drawn outlines of mythical-looking figures seem to float or dance in a film of space just beyond underlying blueprints, dress patterns, newspaper columns—as if the right and left hemispheres of the brain were performing a gavotte.
Cooper School of Art
Cleveland, Ohio 1975-78
Lyons Wier Gallery, on line exhibition "Chrysalistasis" new work from 50 artists, curated by James Austin Murray_New York, NY June 2020
First Street Gallery” Legendary Bog” Solo Painting Exhibition, New York, NY January 2019
The Painting Center, Group Exhibition, “Kindred Spirits”, New York, NY November 2017
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY November 2017
Tregoning & Co. Solo Painting Exhibition “Puzzled Bipeds”, Cleveland, Ohio May 2017
First Street Gallery: “Useful Pressures” Solo Painting Exhibition, New York, NY January 2017
First Street Gallery: “Under the Influence” Members Show, New York, NY April 2015
Tregoning & Co. Solo Painting Exhibition “Brace” Cleveland, OH May 2014
Elder Gallery, “Solo Painting Exhibition”, Charlotte, NC March 2014
Tregoning & Co. “Aspects of Modern Life,” Cleveland, OH April 2011
Arts Collinwood Gallery “Hope For the Picture Guild, ”Cleveland, OH Sept. 2010
Butler Institute of American Art, 74th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH July 2010
Asterisk Gallery, “Equipping the Shop for Action,” Cleveland, OH, August 2009
Tregoning & Co., “Paintings and Constructions,” Cleveland, OH July 2009
73rd Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH June 2009
Tregoning & Company, Cleveland, OH April 2008
50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, NY June 2007
Butler Institute of American Art, 70th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH July 2006
Beaker Gallery, “sawtelle, the sequel” Tampa, FL October 2004
Thrive, an artspace, “Beyond the Surface” Cleveland, OH April, 2004
domestic setting, “Sequel” Los Angeles, CA March, 2003
superior (an exhibition space), Cleveland, OH April 2002
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA April 1998
Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH March 1996
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH June 1994
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV March 1994
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH June 1993
Moreau Gallery, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN January 1990
Karamu House, Cleveland, OH November 1984
SPACES, Cleveland, OH July 1984
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH 1980, 1984, 1985
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