Carmel Art Association

Carmel, CA



Rip Matteson's Joy of Life


The Carmel Art Association presents two new solo shows beginning May 6 and running through June 2, 1999. Paintings and drawings by Rip Matteson and sculptural works by Ken Wiese will be featured in the Beardsley Room and the Center Room, respectively.

Rip Matteson's show celebrates the beauty of women. He has justly titled this exhibition of over fifty oil paintings, gouache paintings and drawings, "Rip Matteson's Joy of Life." In the artist's words, the works depict "a love affair with art and a celebration of the female form and face." Matteson feels that women, his "subject of choice," are nature's masterpiece.

Rip Matteson images from left to right (click on thumbnail images to enlarge them): The Gypsy, 30 x 24 inches; Beauty are you not enough?, 31 x 24 inches; Bed with roses on an anniversary, 30 x 47 inches

Mr. Matteson decided he would become an artist while still a boy growing up in Oakland, California where he was born in 1920. He studied art at San Jose State College, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Scuola di Belie Arte in Rome. He received the Master of Arts and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rip Matteson images from left to right (click on thumbnail images to enlarge them): Her gentle limbs she did undress..., 36 x 18 inches; What is life without the romance of love?, 34 x 16 inches; Beauty is truth...truth is beauty, 40 x 26 inches

This year is Matteson's fiftieth with the CAA; he joined shortly after moving to Monterey in 1949 to set up an art program at the newly opened Monterey Peninsula College. He was also Dean of Instruction at MPC and later, Laney College in Oakland, and retired from education and teaching in 1983. After retiring, he revived his interest in cartooning, and his cartoons have since been published in Saturday Review, Punch, Playboy, The Saturday Evening Post and many other national publications. He makes his home in Kensington, California with Rosary, his wife of thirty years.

The Carmel Art Association is located on Dolores Street between 5th and 6th and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over one hundred and twenty local professional artists show their work in a variety of mediums. Mailing address: Carmel Art Association / P.O. Box 2271 / Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921 (information as of March, 1999)


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