Prayer in The Night

Painting | 84" x 72"
Prayer in the Night
Prayer in the Night
Prayer in the Night (detail)
Prayer in the Night (detail)
Sam Mattax

Sam Mattax


Painting provides an outlet and the potential for the development of a personal language. In this body of work my intention was to create a sense of momentary stillness. The balance of familiar objects and scenes in relation to the chosen color and surrounding shape creates a visual way of communicating my experience and the human condition. Momentary stillness for me is when my mind settles and for a brief period the internal and external chatter ceases. Imagery from my apartment’s center table and the landscapes outside of my hometown merge as a representational vocabulary of the spaces in which my mind is still. Color and form are chosen in the moment of painting and act as a physical indulgence into my continual exposure to what is around. Imagery is repeated and changed on top of one another as well as color creating a visual stacking as time moves on. Each layer of color content is a new way of expressing the ever-changing idea of momentary stillness and paint as a language.