Art Openings


JOIN US ON Wednesday, Oct. 7th @ 6pm as GUTENBERG presents "The Rise and Fall of Iron Town"
- Artworks by Matthew Damian Ritchie -

Artist Statement

The title of the show “The Rise and Fall of Iron Town” refers to the Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. In this film the boy, Ashitaka, must confront his fate in order to survive his encounter with a boar consumed by hate. Iron Town is a fictitious town in the film Princess Mononoke where their ambition leads them to destroy the existing forest in order for their town to survive. The images I choose to paint, chronicle Iron Town’s beginning, middle and it’s eventual collapse to nature’s awesome power. Though this work is a slight departure from my former body of work, it still heavily relates to it in the stylized appearance of the manga/anime characters to the bright vibrant hard-edged colors that come from popular culture.

Matthew Damian Ritchie received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 double majoring in Painting and Printmaking and Sculpture and Extended Media. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2009 where his focus was in Drawing and Painting. Currently Matthew Damian Ritchie teaches Drawing in the Foundation Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

This show will be the 4th installment of the Gutenberg Gallery - a calender of shows that highlight a different local artist on our walls each month. Openings will be held on Winedown Wednesdays and sponsored by local importer Harlan Wines and Cafe Gutenberg, with complementary tastings by both.

We hope you will enjoy this evening with us and celebrate the FLAVORS, COLORS and SOUNDS of RICHMOND!

Local artists with interest in showing should submit portfolios to

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