I paint acrylic and oil on canvas and wood panel. My work is an amalgamation of my education in architecture and a love of abstract expressionist & modern movements in painting. I create narrative and symbolic work that often speaks to humankind’s overreach in the natural world.

Embers in Bloom, Matthew Boyle 2022
Embers in Bloom (Tel NY II) 2022 36×36″ acrylic on canvas

I paint surreal allegories immersed in architecture and geometry.

“End of Blessings” 2022
The Portal at MIT 2022 36″x36″ acrylic on canvas

Some of my past commissions include large-format oil and acrylic works with a similar visual arrangement, and include dreamscapes with their own native flora, fauna and geologies.

To inquire about purchasing a painting, please email mattjboyle1(at)gmail

Artist Statement

I paint lush, surreal allegories immersed in nature, architecture, and geometry that often point to the overreach of human influence on our natural world. I am in love with the poetic works and writings of architects John Hejduk and Lebbeus Woods, the Situationists, & Goethe – in them, I found an architecture that told a story, and buildings that spoke of music. Like them I seek to create mythologies surrounding my work, accompanied by specific visual vocabularies. I am deeply inspired by painters like Julie Mehretu and Walton Ford, whose intensely complex allegories and landscapes are dazzling, violent, dreamy, and humbling all at the same time. In my painting I marry architecturally abstract fields with a surrealistic naturalism, and seek to describe a moment in time that tells a powerful story.

My work often involves architecture and animals juxtaposed with unfamiliar landscapes, hinting at a vast shift in natural norms. I am obsessed with time’s effect on our own buildings,  monuments, and nature, and often try to imagine the mark humankind can leave on the planet, both now and in the future.