Matthew grew up in the Midwest where he received his B.F.A. from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University.
After living in Chicago and Los Angeles, he currently works and resides in California's Central Coast region.
I believe artwork is a pictorial language.
Before linguistic communication ever existed, visual imagery was the foundation of communication. Concepts from Animism, Shamanism and Semiotics are visible in my work.
My works combine drawing, painting and found objects as well works that combine discarded and outdated technology with natural-world objects.
Contemporary technology assures that whatever is "in" and "cutting edge" today will most likely be "out" and "out dated" by the next business quarter. Whether it's Moore's Law, the "cloud", or even shifts in the very programming languages that put it all together, the way we communicate is changing faster than ever.
We've evolved from simple to complex organisms and now we use our complex machines to create a facade of simplicity... analog was replaced by digital, words are now replaced with textual emoticons, emoticons are being replaced with the modern hieroglyphs of visual emoji.
The wheel starts rolling and brings you right back around.
Exhibitions and Awards
2013 Group Show - Palm Loft Gallery - Carpinteria, CA
2013 Group Show - Sylvia White Gallery - Ventura, CA
2012 Group Show - Kim3 Gallery - Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Solo Show - 33 Jewels - Santa Barbara, CA
2010 Group Show - TAG Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
2010 Solo Show - Gallery Azul - San Pedro, CA
2009 Group Show - ARTPRIZE - Grand Rapids, MI
2009 Live Painting - Gallery Azul - San Pedro, CA
2009 Group Show - Gallery Azul - San Pedro, CA
2009 Group Show - TAG Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
2008 Group Show - TAG Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
2008 Group Show - Maloney Gallery - Morristown, NJ
2008 Solo Show - TAG Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
2008 Group Show - The Magic Castle - Hollywood, CA
2007 Group Show - Picture This - Long Beach, CA
2007 Solo Show - Flazh!Alley Studio - San Pedro,CA
2006 Group Show - Picture This - Long Beach, CA
2006 Solo Show - La Vita é Bella - San Francisco, CA
2006 Group Show - SC Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA
2006 Group Show - Foundry Arts - St. Louis, MO
2006 Group Show - Long Beach Arts - Long Beach,CA
2004 Magazine Review - June Issue - Vision Magazine
2002 Solo Show - Galerija Ranjina - Dubrovnik, Croatia
2002 Solo Show - Conservatory Gallery - Split, Croatia
1995 Group Show - Alma College - Alma, MI
1992 Illustrators of the Future - Bridge Publications
Smithsonian National Archives - Washington D.C.
1990 Society of Illustrators Scholars Exhibit
Museum of American Illustration - New York, NY