by Joseph Zwilling and Mercedes Anderson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                      August 8, 2018                 

On Solitude: The Art of Matthew Kirby opens tomorrow, Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 5pm at The Sheen Center Gallery with a collection of 20 oil paintings that capture the interplay between “the personal” and “the remote” in the figures, objects, and landscapes of urban life. The artist explores the themes of community, tribe, and identity in juxtaposition with those of solitude and detachment as they arise in the movement of life in the city, in routine tasks, and engagement with technology.

The exhibit will open with a reception at 5pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and will run through Sunday, September 2, 2018. Members of the press interested in covering or attending are asked to kindly contact Mercedes Anderson at  [email protected].

The artist Matthew Kirby’s creative practice encompasses writing, painting, and the study of Russo-Byzantine iconography. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture ( is a New York City arts center located in NoHo that presents a vibrant mix of theater, film, music, art, and talk events. An initiative of the Archdiocese of New York, The Sheen Center serves all New Yorkers by presenting performances and artists that reflect the true, the good, and the beautiful.  Named for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best remembered as an inspirational author, radio host and two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality, The Sheen Center reflects his modern-day approach to contemporary topics. The Sheen Center is a state-of-the-art theater complex that includes the 270-seat off-Broadway Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition TV and live-stream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat off-off-Broadway Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.