Matthew Bielen: An Artist’s Relationship with the Coast

Bicycle Fine Art, Feature Article, Original Painting

As the summer days draw to an end, Bicycle Fine Art is pleased to announce a fresh addition to our ongoing collaboration with interior design maven Kitty Clay. This charming boutique showroom located at 116 North Sea Road in Southampton, NY will be showing the work of our newest Bicycle Fine Art artist, Matthew Bielen. His beautiful painting, White Squall of Meaning is on view now and into the fall season.

Kitty Clay’s unique showroom is the perfect setting for this colorful and bold piece. As is the case with all of Matthew’s paintings, the work is centered around the sea, providing a natural complement to the light-filled and airy Southampton boutique. The painting would provide an excellent accent to any space, but is wonderfully contrasted by Kitty Clay’s sophisticated and eclectic style in furnishings, where minimalism meets bright pops of color.

Matthew Bielen
White Squall of Meaning, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 48 x 60 in.

In the painting White Squall of Meaning, we can see Matthew’s practice of layered pouring of acrylic paint at its best. His love of water imagery and the wild terrain of the Cape Cod coast are abstracted into dark, stark, and craggy lines pervaded by bursts of aqueous, organic shapes in shocks of bold color. For this piece, Matthew drew inspiration from the dangerous lives of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, who would venture out into storms to rescue wayward boats lost at sea. As an artist, he felt a reciprocal risk, as he steers himself into uncharted territory in his work. It’s only through the process that he finds the motivation behind his choices.


Inside Kitty Clay’s Boutique Showroom at
116 North Sea Road, Southampton, NY

Kitty Clay – 116 North Sea Road – The Barn – Southampton, NY 11968
Tel: 631.488.4411
SHOP HOURS: Thursday thru Monday 11am-6pm

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Lisa-Thi Beskar, Art Advisor & Curator