Berkeley College Presents the Artwork of Matthew McDonnell – Surrealism and Cubism



Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122



Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Matthew McDonnell at its gallery, 255 Duffield Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY.  This exhibit is on display from January 5 through March 29 – Monday through Friday – from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, January 5,  from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY, artist Matthew McDonnell spent many of his early years attending summer workshops at the Brooklyn Museum.  He was greatly absorbed by the collections at the museum, in particular the drawings of Michaelangelo.  Painting began earnestly in high school when he moved toward surrealism and cubism, with great interest in Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.  He also studied the work of Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock.  Later, while attending Brooklyn College, he determined that the modern art of our time must be based on the art of cultures around the world and the art of our predecessors.  He tries to apply this belief to his work. 

In speaking about his art, Mr. McDonnell says, “My painting is a sensual combination of surrealism and cubism.”  His work is always of the figure and he says, “I multiply the figurations and imagery using what is hinted at.  I prefer the suggestion of the possible without delineating the actual.”  While always hidden and veiled, the human figure is still there. 

Most of Mr. McDonnell’s exhibits have been held in the New York area.  Solo exhibits include:  Serendipity, New York, NY; Synergy, New York, NY; The East End Ensemble Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Metro Café, Forest Hills, NY.  Some group exhibitions are: the Paintcan Studios, Long Island City, NY; Metropolitan Artists Group, New York, NY;  Godwin-Ternback Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NY; and Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY.  The artist’s work also was featured at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery, 3 East 43rd Street, in October 2012.  

For more information about the artist, visit  For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley College Curator Robert Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:  “The Teeming of Eve,” from artist Matthew McDonnell’s exhibit on display at the Berkeley College Brooklyn Gallery, 255 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, from January 5 through March 29.       

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