Evocative, intelligent and introspective, the mixed media assemblages of Marty Matthews invites interpretation. Where one might see a deconstructionist commentary on common philosophical themes, another will inevitably see an iconographical charged-yet-open-ended works of art. Marty asks the viewer to examine their own ascribed interpretation of each piece and hopefully discover a small truth about themselves.
During childhood, Marty was a big comic book and animation fan. This sparked an interest in drawing. He took private lessons from sixth grade on up, and later went to school for commercial art and advertising design. Today, Marty is a mixed media artist with an extensive collection. He works with things like stencils, lithography plates, medal pipes and rusty gears.
When he first started, he was doing large scale pen and ink drawings, landscapes and surreal images using ink washes. He used serrated knives with soaking paper in ink. While working on a past project, Marty broke his right arm was laid up a bit. So, I had to learn to paint with his left hand to get the color on the canvass. Next, he started using other materials he found. “I kind of like collaged just to see what would work. At first, I used iron spikes and found medal pieces with some of my own photography. I also used burlap and glass. The art just kept growing into what it is today. Each material kind of speaks to me, and I just have to find out how I want to use it. By sticking with the art that I do, I am able to say more about whom I am and what’s going on in the world. The images I use are recognizable and people see it and are touched someway.”
The Marty Matthews Exhibit will be on display at Studio 180 Salon in downtown Cary through February 2015. The artist’s reception is Friday, January 30th from 6-9 pm. Marty is also available for private viewings. You can find him on Facebook or email him at email@example.com.
311 Martin Street Gallery and Studios, Raleigh NC, 2013
Litmus Gallery and Studios, Raleigh NC, 2012
Holly Springs Arts Council, Holly Springs NC. 2009
Caldwell Coun1y Arts Council, Lenoir NC. 2004
Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, Tarboro NC. 2001
Bronwyn Merritt Gallery, Carrboro NC, 2000
Select Juried Exhibitions
The 55’h National Juried Art Show, Maria Y, Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Center, Rocky Mount NC, 2012
Emerge Gallery, the 2nd Annual Juried Schwa Show, Greenville NC, 2002
Marshall Gallery, Remembrance: Artist Respond to 911, Greensboro NC, 2002
Exhibitions of Note
Glance Gallery, Raleigh NC, Under Contract from 2004-2006
NC State Fair, Awarded Frist, Professional Mixed Media Painting, 1994
NC State Fair, Awarded Honorable Mention, Professional Mixed Media Pointing, 1995
Cary Fine Arts League, Spring Doze Exhibition, Cary NC, Awarded Frist and Third, Mixed Media Assemblage, 1998
Marshall Gallery, Artist Respond to 911Exhibition, Greensboro NC, Awarded Thi rd, 2002
Durham Tobacco Campus, Work on Permanent Display in the Strickland Building, Durham NC
Most of “Matthews” creations lean toward a conflict between the duality inherent within the nature of all things.”
- Adam Bible, Spectator Weekly
“In relation to the gallery, his work is kind of a continuation of Lee Copes’ work. Both artists used found objects, but Marty’s work is more mature, more refined,”
- Bronwyn Merritt, Bronwyn Merritt Gallery, Carrboro, NC
“I call the exhibit “2 Graphic” because is the art of graphic design that ties together these two creative people. Susan and Marty both have trainings as commercial graphic artist, but have used their technical abilities to communicate deeply spiritual feeling of nostalgia and awe, of humor and warning.”
- Meade B. Horne, Executive Director of the Blount-Bridger’s House, Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, Tarboro, NC
“Marty works ore collection of metal and stencils and found objects. His work shows surprising amount of depth and tenderness not often seen in today’s modern art.”
- Steven Latchaw, Gallery Director, Holly Springs Arts Council, Holly Springs, NC
“We ever thought that ordinary steel and random object like saw blades and allen wrenches could create emotion but the way the elements were placed on the canvas combined with the background colors and patterns, it was cool.”
- Richard Dobbs, Artist
“Constructions, timely and provocative yet intensely romantic, layered and elaborate like handmade Victorian valentines.”
- Judy Jones, Gallery Director, 311 Martin Street Gallery and Studios, Raleigh NC
Over the holidays our artists have been creating new work and freshening up the gallery, so be ready for some changes! Come and enjoy with us a WAG evening of music, food, art and lively conversation.
Some of our new work will include special small paintings for your valentines sweetheart and a brand new series of paintings by Gary Bradley exploring the Cotton Farms of North Carolina.
Our fantastic Jazz guitarist Heath Tuttle will be playing during the Open House.