Apoxyomenos - Greek Statue by Matthew  Bates

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An Original Oil Painting by Matthew Bates Oil on Canvas – 80cm x 100cm – ©2007, Matthew Bates, All Rights Reserved

Last winter there was a great artistic event in Firenze, the exhibition of the recently restored “Apoxyomenos of Losinj” (Croatia). I was incredibly inspired by this masterpiece of antiquity. I took lots of photos of the statue, and the above painting was inspired directly from my visit to Palazzo Medici, where the statue was on display. The painting is larger than life, made this way so I could explore the intricate details of this Greek jewel which is over 2000 years old.


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1970, Washington, DC

I was born into an artistic family, in a place for politics. I got out soon after my 18th birthday and moved to California, there a teacher sent me on a quest to Florence, Italy, where I fell in love with all things Italian. That was in 1990, I have been here ever since.

I paint in the style of Magic Realism, my own style, based on realistic subjects, where I tweak the dimensions to add time and space, accentuating colors and details.

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  • alneaimi
    alneaimiover 6 years ago

    Hi Matthew , this is the first time i see your work , you have some very intersting images , love this one , well done.
    Al Neaimi

  • Thanks! I am glad that you like my paintings.

    – Matthew Bates

  • Aari
    Aariover 6 years ago

    For me the first time too that I see your work…it is fantastic…well done.

  • Thanks Aari, I’m glad that you like my paintings, check out my website to see all of my portfolio.

    – Matthew Bates

  • Aari
    Aariover 6 years ago

    Wonderful website Matthew…..worth seeing for everybody!

  • Marinella  Owens
    Marinella Owensover 6 years ago


  • Thanks Marinella, I am glad that you like it!

    – Matthew Bates

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 6 years ago

    wow thats stunning,,, brilliant work :)

  • Thanks!

    – Matthew Bates

  • mklau
    mklauover 6 years ago

    A powerful beautifully created image…. showing your skills and creativity

  • I appreciate your kind words!

    – Matthew Bates

  • RDRiccoboni
    RDRiccoboniabout 6 years ago

    Matthew, I love your art, bravo!

  • Grazie!

    – Matthew Bates

  • Carole Russell
    Carole Russellalmost 6 years ago

    This is incredible – such great work you do!

  • Matthew  Bates
    Matthew Batesover 5 years ago

    Thanks Carole, I just got a print of this painting and it looks great!

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