January’s featured artist, Matt Plescher, is a widely shown and collected painter and lettering artist in Grand Rapids, MI. After many years painting landscapes, he recently combined his love of paint and lettering into a new series of text-based work.

This new series, entitled “Codex”, explores the mystery of ancient scripture using Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Aramaic text hand-lettered onto canvas, layered over by paint, and lettered over again. The resulting layers of texture and text combine to create both an ancient and contemporary feel.

The word “Codex” means “book” and is a metaphor for how the paintings interact with each other like pages.

View more of Matt’s artwork at MattPlescher.com