Matthew Bird

American Art Collector - - Award Winner -

The still life paint­ings of artist Matthew Bird are in­spired by the Dutch mas­ters, em­ploy­ing a dark back­ground that al­lows light to starkly re­veal the beau­ti­ful tex­tures and col­ors on dis­play, each care­fully stud­ied with pre­ci­sion and clar­ity. The var­i­ous sub­jects are trans­formed into exquisitely ob­served ob­jects that de­mand con­tem­pla­tion.

Iain Ste­wart writes, “Matthew’s work is not de­fined by the sub­ject, but rather by the painter him­self, or­ches­trat­ing what emo­tional re­sponse the viewer will take away, while al­low­ing the free­dom to ex­plore and glean the hid­den gems within it. It’s a joy to be­hold.”

Bird main­tains a stu­dio out­side Bal­ti­more, with his wife and chil­dren, where he paints with a deep love and re­spect for na­ture and life, en­joy­ing both fig­u­ra­tive and still life work.

“I have fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing my craft to cap­ture the beauty of what sur­rounds me with pre­ci­sion and clar­ity,” he says, “and strive to con­vey that to all peo­ple through the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of rep­re­sen­ta­tional art. It is my de­sire that when oth­ers see my work they may be in­spired by the per­cep­ti­ble signs of the real Cre­ator.”

Bird grad­u­ated with hon­ors from the Pratt In­sti­tute School of Art. He is a sig­na­ture mem­ber of nu­mer­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Wa­ter­color So­ci­ety, and his award-win­ning wa­ter­color paint­ings have been ex­hib­ited across the coun­try, as well as in Canada, China, Greece and Italy.

Mag­no­lia Still Life and Branzino For Two are on view through De­cem­ber 29 at the Wausau Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art as part of the 2nd An­nual Na­tional Ju­ried Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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Top: Her­itage Still Life, wa­ter­color on pa­per, 22 x 28"

Mid­dle: Mag­no­lia Still Life, wa­ter­color on pa­per, 22 x 30"

Left: Branzino For Two, wa­ter­color on pa­per, 22 x 30"

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