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Matthew Ritchie at the Cabot Street Cinema

  • The Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA, 01915 United States (map)

The public is invited to Montserrat College of Art's free lecture by New York-based artist Matthew Ritchie on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly sponsored by Eastern Bank.

The lecture is free, but registration is requested by contacting

Matthew Ritchie is also the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat College of Art’s graduation ceremonies this spring. A selection of his works will also be on view in the Schlosberg Gallery. 

“We are extremely honored to have Mr. Ritchie speaking to our community,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art. “His successful career will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome him to the campus.” Ritchie joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Wangechi Mutu, Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

Ritchie was born in London, England, in 1964, and lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from Camberwell School of Art, London, and attended Boston University. His artistic mission has been no less ambitious than an attempt to represent the entire universe and the structures of knowledge and belief that we use to understand and visualize it. Ritchie’s encyclopedic project (continually expanding and evolving, like the universe itself) stems from his imagination, and is catalogued in a conceptual chart replete with allusions drawn from Judeo-Christian religion, occult practices, Gnostic traditions, and scientific elements and principles.

Ritchie’s paintings, installations, and narrative threads delineate the universe’s formation as well as the attempts and limits of human consciousness to comprehend its vastness. Ritchie’s work deals explicitly with the idea of information being “on the surface,” and information is also the subject of his work.

Although often described as a painter, Ritchie creates works on paper, prints, light-box drawings, floor-to-wall installations, freestanding sculpture, websites, and short stories, which tie his sprawling works together into a narrative structure. Drawing is central to his work. He scans his drawings into the computer so that images can be enlarged, taken apart, made smaller or three-dimensional, reshaped, transformed into digital games, or given to someone else to execute.

See Ritchie’s work at