More Fairy Tales & Some Castles:

Between Reality and Imaginary Beings and Lands

Matthias Kern

October 3 - 29, 2019

Reception: October 5 | 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Artist Talk with Matthias

Saturday, October 12 | 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Matthias Kern, born in 1964 in northern Germany. was exposed to various art  forms early on and was fortunate to study with an array of masters available to him in Europe.  He was then guided to study with Helga Hentschel-Holterdorf in Worpswede, a long established artist colony located in northern Germany (outside of Bremen) which further encouraged his artistic expression. In the 1980’s, his reputation allowed associations with other artists throughout Germany.  1989 saw his first  solo show, which brought him national attention with shows in Hannover, Hamburg and Tecklenburg, and exposed his work to a larger audience. As the early 1990’s progressed, so did Matthias’ work. He continued to explore more art forms and hold more shows, both group and solo.   After moving to the United States and settling in New York, he had his first show in the DUMBO Art Festival in Brooklyn. Since then, he has numerous shows in New York, (his work was noted as being a “very well needed entry onto the New York art scene”), Los Angeles , Sante Fe, Seattle and Atlanta.

He curated art shows at City College of New York assisting Japanese American artist, Michi Itami.
His various artistic expressions includes watercolor, acrylic and pastel, as well as printmaking. He enjoys working in the older printmaking techniques as well as more modern techniques of intaglio, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, line etching, silk screen, monotype and woodcut.

He hopes that his audience will find for themselves what he has found in some of the natural environments he has been inspired to express in this show.

For many years Matthias has been a  member of the Manhattan Graphics Center, a well known printmaking studio in Manhattan, where his upcoming solo show will take place.

Also Matthias is the "creative power", the graphic designer behind several well established companies creating advertising material, newsletters, postcards, annual reports, animated and static web banners, catalog and much more.

“Art is expression of the soul, my art the mirror of myself. I want to give the viewer enough space to to see and feel and come to their own conclusion of what it means to them. I want my art to inspire and move, to give and take.”

- Matthias Kern

Pat Horner’s article on Matthias in the magazine Inside Out:

“Kern’s art has a lively, fresh temperament that is characterized by a surprising inventiveness that combines abstraction and representation in an intuitive way”.

He studied under following artists:
- Martha Asfalck-Vietz – Watercolor
- Silvia Slawik-Nolte – Printmaking
- Frederiecke Reinsch – Watercolor
- Michi Itami – Printmaking
- Arnold Brooks – Lithography
- Colin Chase – Sculpture
- Margaret Nussbaum – Silkscreen
- Takuji Hamanaka – Japanese Woodblock



A Members Exhibition

September 24 - October 27, 2019

Reception: October 5 | 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

This exhibition, which coincides with climate activism worldwide during the months of September and October, 2019, emphasizes the sanctity of the endangered natural world and envisions both negative and positive climate outcomes for the future.  Climate-related natural disasters such as heat waves, droughts, storms and fires are depicted, as well as images of our fragile Earth, including endangered, threatened or extinct plants and animals. 

MGC members have a variety of opportunities to exhibit their prints: Group shows, Portfolio shows, Exchange shows, et al.

To participate in the MGC Online Gallery, consult the Guidelines here.

To request a Solo show, consult the Guidelines here.

To find other exhibition opportunies, consult our Opportunities page.

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center


Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.