David Booth

Matisse Fan Club, 2016
Black Art Projects

In 2015 I took a private pilgrimage to the south of France to visit the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a building in which every detail and decoration was designed by Henry Matisse. This is why it is more widely known as Matisse’s Chapel.

Upon completion in 1951 Matisse stated that ‘this work required me four years of an exclusive and tiring effort and it is the fruit of my whole working life. In spite of all its imperfections I consider it as my masterpiece.’ 

I have built a meditation monument in memory of my time within his greatest and final work. It is, in part, an ode to the wonder inside this special place, but moreover it uses this chapel as an outlet for me to not only look at but be within my work, my own language.
I’m a committed member of the Matisse Fan Club

photos: Andy Hatton + Anu Kumar