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Intuitive Art Space

July 24 - October 18 2019

Reception July 24 6-8 PM


4236 Main Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19127

(610) 667-2492


Please join us at Intuitive Art Space Wednesday July 24 to view works by Matthew Courtney.


A good friend of Matthew Courtney once referred to his work as “Pop Art with soul”. His work is a combination of his joy in playing with materials and process and his reconciling form and content. Matthew Courtney's work straddles the line between art-making and play, adult and child, serious and humorous. He tackles serious subjects with humor, making frightening things funny and funny things frightening. His sculptures include references to modern art, sculptures and paintings from art history and imagery from western popular culture. As a result of his three residencies at Lanzhou City University, Matthew Courtney’s recent work reflects a fusion of Chinese and Western themes and style. His art has been influenced by Chinese culture, materials, and his relationships with, faculty, students, and artists he's met in China. 


Matthew Courtney lives and works in Philadelphia as a sculptor and teacher. He was born in Washington D.C. and was raised in Philadelphia. After getting his MFA in Kent Ohio, he worked at The Cleveland Institute of Art for four years. Matt then moved back to Philadelphia to work as a studio technician at The Clay Studio followed by embarking on his twenty year career as an adjunct professor at many Philadelphia area institutions. He is married to an artist and teacher and works out of his home based studio. Clay is his primary medium with found objects playing an important role. He has an active show record that includes many group and solo shows. As a result of his three residencies at Lanzhou City University in 2015, 2017 and 2018, Matthew Courtney’s recent work reflects a fusion of Chinese and Western themes and style. His art has been influenced by Chinese culture, materials, and his relationships with Chinese faculty, students, and artists.


Launched January 2018, Intuitive Art Space is a community gallery located at the corner of Main and Rector Streets in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Quarterly exhibitions, utilizing the large windows of the EY Intuitive office, are viewable to pedestrians day and night.


Since 2009, MAC (Mount Airy Contemporary) has focused on providing low key, high quality art experiences in an informal residential setting, and building strong, authentic connections between artists and audiences.