Matthew Grabelsky and his Concrete Jungles



Call of the wild in a concrete jungle.  Or maybe, it’s the wild side of the urban dweller unleashed in these Matthew Grabelsky oil paintings that I can’t stop smiling at.

Maybe it’s the name of the paintings that grab me.  Most of his works are named after New York City Train Line destinations (Exit at Union Square, 1 to Penn Station).  His subway riders show off in contemporary settings, playfully executing everyday stances that make the paintings seem less fantasy and more realistic.  There’s no separation in the ease of the female subjects as they cozy up to their confident counter parts of a beastly nature. Mixing the physical world and it’s attributes to the beast within makes for an interesting look at your next commute.