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Matthew S. Bailey

Painting & Drawing

Cyd
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bummer
Isabel
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Cyd

Cyd

oil on linen

gallery b&w

gallery b&w

gallery color

gallery color

bummer

bummer

oil on canvas

24"H x 18"W x 1"D

Isabel

Isabel

oil on panel

sold

BIO

I currently live in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and have been here for the last few years. Before that, though, my wife and I spent eight years living in a small village (Koyuk) in the bush of Alaska. During this time my wife worked as a Special Ed. teacher while graciously allowing me to develop myself as an artist. It was during my time in Alaska that I began to truly cultivate my skills and contemplate creative possibilities.

Some stylistic and thematic unity is starting to emerge in my work and I plan to augment that more and more as time goes on. At the moment, though, my work consists largely of stylistic and thematic exploration: high brow, low brow, colorful, monochromatic, beautiful, ugly, raw, refined, direct, vague, seductive, repulsive, serious, humorous, and much in between. My guiding precept, so far, has been (what I call) the “why not?” rule. When I encounter a possible course of action I don’t ask myself “why?”… instead I ask myself “why not”? For me, the “why not” rule embodies the very spirit of creativity. I am certainly going to endeavor towards a more unified body of work, but I will always try to keep the “why not?” rule close at hand.

In my work I sometimes address issues of social justice, nonviolence, environmental concerns, etc. Sometimes I address these issues in a very direct way - while at other times I take a more oblique approach. Sometimes what I’m up to, though, is nothing more substantial than nonsensical fun and visual exploration. I work primarily in oil paint and graphite, but I’m also proficient in watercolor, colored pencil, casein, and acrylic.

I hope you enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy making it. If you are interested in making a purchase or commissioning me for a project you can reach my agent, Rebecca Keiser, by clicking “contact” above.

CV

Publications:

Nerve Cowboy (journal)

Creep Machine magazine

Synesthesia magazine

Juxtapoz magazine

Exhibitions:

Pump House Regional Art Center (Structures show, 2nd place) – La Crosse, Wisconsin

Timothy Cobb Fine Arts (various shows) – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Baton Rouge Gallery (Surreal Salon 8 Exhibition) – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Transfer Pizzeria Café (featured artist) – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Café Blue (one artist show) – Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Gallery 2622 (one artist show) – Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Baton Rouge Gallery (Surreal Salon 7 Exhibition) – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Arctic Trading Post (one artist show) – Nome, Alaska

Contests:

figure50.com - national showcase of figurative art: chosen for the state of Wisconsin

artcompetition.net – Faces of Humanity: first place

manifestjustice.org – Manifest Justice art contest: runner up

gallery25n.com – international showcase of art focused on The Human Form - two of my works were chosen to be represented in 2 of the 7 categories: painting and drawing.

Events

February 22 - April 25, 2017

Structures: Art of the Urban Landscape

Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI

Juried event, "air castle" selected for inclusion and won 2nd place in show

September 9 - October 7, 2016

Who Amongst Us?

Timothy Cobb Fine Arts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

April 8 - June 2, 2016

Scapes of Land, City and Water

Timothy Cobb Fine Arts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

January 3 - 25, 2016

Surreal Salon 8

Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Juried event, "vision quest" selected for inclusion

February 6 - March 1, 2015

Gallery 2622

2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave.

prints available:http://relaxeder.deviantart.com/gallery/53063270/2622-show

January 2 - 24, 2015

Surreal Salon 7

Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Juried event, "septic system" selected for inclusion

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