The Combat Carnival – Matt Pyle

On View: April 8th – August 1st

Warning: Some of the images in this exhibit may be considered graphic in nature and upsetting to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

THE COMBAT CARNIVAL

A tour in Iraq, 2004, with the Bushmasters of Bravo Company––mechanized infantrymen from the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”).

THE EXPERIENCE

They ride, stuffed in the dark belly of an armored mammoth, called The Bradley Fighting Vehicle––its grinding tracks roaring like a jackhammer beneath them.  They ride, they wait… could be minutes, could be hours––they smoke, they sleep, they eat––and they never know where the hell they are… until the ramp drops.  And, eventually, the ramp does drop… and it drops over and over and over.  Out of the belly, they spill into the unknown––immediately contrasting with the cradle of civilization––and they navigate the combat carnival.

THE ARTIST

Matthew Pyle is a writer who recently fell in love with oil painting––an endeavor that began for meditative and therapeutic pursuits––and decided use the medium to tell a story, creating a series based on his deployment, serving as a rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, to Samarra, Iraq.

For purchase inquiries, please contact Gallery Manager, Audrey Miller at audreymiller@workhousearts.org or (703) 584-2911.

"My Rifle, My Pony, and Me" by Matt Pyle

2019

Oil on canvas

18 in x 24 in

$10,000

"Dead Flowers" by Matt Pyle

2019

Oil on canvas

18 in x 24 in

$6,000

"Graveyard Shift" by Matt Pyle

2019

Oil on canvas

12 in x 24 in

$6,000

"Magic Bullet" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on canvas

12 in x 36 in

$6,000

"Mother" by Matt Pyle

2019

Oil on Canvas

18 in x 24 in

$6,000

"Nightcrawlers" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 36 in

$6,000

"Sea of Love" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 36 in

$6,000

"My Basement Room" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 24 in

$6,000

"The Pharmaceutical Plant" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 36 in

$6,000

"The Outskirts" by Matt Pyle

2019

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 24 in

$6,000

"The Palm Grove" by Matt Pyle

2020

Oil on Canvas

12 in x 36 in

$6,000

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