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"