Matthias van Arkel

Matthias van Arkel has become known for his unique expression of merging painting and sculpture in his works made of silicone. Over the past few decades van Arkel has consequently investigated painterly ideas, his practice has emerged out of a conceptual approach. In his three-dimensional works meaning is achieved through density, sensuality and energy. There is a performative dimension involved in the creation process, as the artist balances intuition versus control through the special technique that he has developed. The sculptural shapes move like enlarged brush strokes forming abstract landscapes. Van Arkel challenges our perception of what defines a painting and invites us to see it from a new perspective.


Artist's website

Film and interview with Matthias van Arkel
Produced by Daga Lamy and Nicklas Eliasson in cooperation with Wallenstam AB.

Available Works
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Platinum Silicone
232 x 270 cm
Stripe Painting Single Dark2021
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Stripe Painting Yellow2021
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Curtain #52018
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Platinum Silicone
285 x 667 cm
Dark Nature2017
Platinum Silicone
363 x 846 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 400 x 200 cm
Container #992017-2018
Platinum Silicone
25 x 25 x 52 cm
Container #582017
Platinum Silicone
25 x 25 x 25 cm
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Platinum Silicone
116 x 162 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 108 cm
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Stripe Painting Single Deep2021
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Stripe Painting Single Below2021
Platinum Silicone
58 x 54 cm
Stripe Painting Pale2021
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Stripe Painting Black2021
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Stripe Painting White2021
Platinum Silicone
116 x 108 cm
Triple Stripe Painting2020
Platinum Silicone
174 x 54 cm
Container #262017-2018
Platinum Silicone
25 x 25 x 25 cm
Upcoming Exhibitions
Previous Exhibitions
IUS INTER 2 – A group exhibition
Explore Exhibition
Stripe Paintings
Explore Exhibition

Matthias van Arkel

Born 1967, Stockholm
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden


1991-1993 The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1986-1991 Master of Fine Arts, Konstfack/University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm

Solo Exhibitions

2021 - Stripe Paintings, Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2020 - Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden
2018 - Galleri Hammarén, Gothenburg, Sweden
2018 - Relations, Galerie Forsblom, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 - Altered Measurements Clear Painting, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 - Morris Adjmi Architechts, New York, USA
2013 - Loop, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 - Vigorous Aggradations, Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 - Please Touch the Artwork, Andersson/Sandström Gallery, Umeå, Sweden
2010 - Closer, Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 - Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden
2008 - Open Studio show, Elizabeth Foundations for the Arts, New York, USA
2008 - Silicone Dreams, Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 - Box of Bricks, Skärets Konsthall, Höganäs, Sweden
2006 - For you, Dad, Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 - Constant Pressure, Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden
2004 - Silicone Variations, Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden
2004 - Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 - Botkyrka Konsthall together with Per Kesselmar, Tumba, Sweden
2002 - Galleri Mariann Ahnlund together with Lars Arrhenius, Umeå, Sweden
2000 - Galleri C Hjärne, Helsingborg, Sweden
2000 - 100 liter bränd Sienna, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Architect Office, Stockholm, Sweden
2000 - Galleri Susanne Pettersson, Norrköping, Sweden
1998 - Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden

Group Exhibitions

2019 - Participation with Galerie Forsblom in Art Miami during Basel Art Week in Miami, USA
2019 - Within Realities, Alma Art Museum, Östra Ämtervik, Sweden
2017 - Contemporary Istanbul with Inda Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2017 - Viennacontemporary with Inda Galley, Vienna, Austria
2017 - Think Paint, UNIX Gallery, New York City, USA
2017 - Art Dubai with Inda Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2016 - Borås International Sculpture Biennale, Borås, Sweden
2015 - Art International 15 with Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 - Galerie Örsta, with Anders Krisár and Roger Metto, Kumla, Sweden
2014 - Market Art Fair, with Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 - Catch as Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA
2012 - Galerie Aronowitsch - en subjektiv historia 1966-2011, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 - Friends, Studio@The Brewery, Los Angeles, USA
2012 - Skärets Konsthall, Höganäs, Sweden
2012 - Galleri Mårtenson & Persson, Båstad, Sweden
2012 - Gallery Konsthandeln, together with Christian Partos and Gert Marcus, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 - Nordic Mixed Media, The American-Scandinavian Society, New York, USA
2008 - Installation together with Alex van de Beld, Alma Löv Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
2004 - Nytt: Galleri Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 - Skulpturens Hus (Kunsthalle), also curated with Fredrik Söderberg. Together with Matti Kallionen, Petra Lindholm, Jonas Nobell, Johan Turfjell and Christine Ödlundh. Stockholm, Sweden
2004 - Flyttar In, Hemma hos Fredrik c/o Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 - Adagio, Gävle Konstcentrum (Kunsthalle), Gävle, Sweden
2003 - Invasion, The Dunker Culture Center (Museum), Helsingborg, Sweden
2000 - Artists of the Gallery and John Coplans, Gallery Niklas von Bartha, London, UK Galleri C Hjärne, Helsingborg, Sweden
1995 - Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden


Private collections in USA, Great Britain, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia
Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden
The National Public Art Council of Sweden
The Stockholm Public Art Council, Stockholm, Sweden
Borås Art Musuem, Borås, Sweden
Ståhl Collection, Norrköping, Sweden
Region Dalarna, Sweden
The SOKO Art Collection, Helsinki, Finland
The National Library of France, Paris, France


2004 - Otte Skölds Grant (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts)
2001 - O and J Hullgrens Grant (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts)
2000 - IASPIS for an exhibition in London
2000 - The Hanaholm Grant in Helsinki, Finland
1999 - The Art Grants Committee, 2-year grant
1998 - IASPIS International Artists Studio Program in Sweden, for a 4-month stay in Karlsruhe, Germany
1997 - The Art Grants Committee, 1-year grant
1996 - Lars H. Teschs Foundation
1995 - Arthur Lundkvist and Maria Wines Foundation
1990 - Stiernstedt Kockenhus Foundation

Public Commissions

2016 - Värtahamnen, Stockholm Hamnar, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 - The Williamsburg Building, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2015 - Atlantic Plumbing, Washington, USA
2013 - Kv. Caroli, Malmö, Sweden
2012 - Kumla Badhus, Kumla, Sweden
2011 - SL Stockholm Transport, Jakobsberg, Sweden
2006 - Hässelbyhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 - Svenska Bostäder, Nybohov, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 - Dialysen, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 - Rotemannen, Alby kulturhus, Stockholm, Sweden
1990 - Luma företagsby, Stockholm, Sweden