Artist interview: Matt Gordon

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We are so excited to present our interview with the fantastic artist Matt Gordon!

Matt creates some absolutely stunning almost vintage feeling pieces of art.

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in 1974 in Detroit Michigan and currently live in Plymouth, Michigan.  my studio is in my home which enables me to draw and paint an absurd amount of hours a day and still live a semi normal life. as in I cook dinner for my girlfriend every night.   besides art I love rummaging through junk shops and mountain biking.

What is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is too big to narrow it down to one thing.  I’m really into capturing movement and weight at the moment.  i watch how peoples bodies move while working out at the gym and I feed a bunch of squirrels on my porch everyday.  combining those two observations has really lifted my visions.  

I absolutely love how unique your art style is can you tell us a bit about how you created your world?

 i started creating my painted world in 1997.  that’s a lot of years to have a continual storyline.  i used to fabricate all of my characters out of carved wood and other building materials and would sew their clothes so i could use them as models.  this method taught me how to get a good three dimensional and realistic look to my semi unnatural environments.  I’ve gone as far as wearing 3~d glasses while i paint to adjust colors.  i feel like i live in these paintings as I’ve spent so much time coaxing the images out of them.  

At what age did you realise you were creative?

I have always been an artist. but really took it serious starting at age 15 as far as putting together a good portfolio for art school.

Do you have any advice for aspiring creators?

My advice for new artists is to just pay attention to everything, even things that bring you great displeasure so you can have a good ground to base your visions. make what you know so you can come off authentic.  and never settle.  always try to better yourself with each new work.

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What is your favourite way to work? Do you listen to music while you work?

My favorite way to work is the day after i finish a job or get a good paycheck.  you can sleep in make an espresso and just slowly start the explosion of a new piece without the stress of a deadline or money woes.   just feelin like a successful creator. I do listen to music while I work, classical in the day time and a mixture of podcasts and rock at night.  I missed that part of the question.    My favorite daytime  musician is Glenn Gould.

Your work has a lovely vintage feel about it, are you a fan of vintage children’s books at all?

 I love all vintage picture books!!!!!!!!!!  i own so many books that moving seems impossible.

Just for fun if you were stuck on a desert island what three items would you bring?

Desert island items would be a fishing pole a knife and a puffer jacket.

Do you have anything special/new projects coming up in 2016?

 There is nothing i can speak of for 2016 but i have an article coming out in an art mag from out your way called ANV pretty soon.

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To see more of matts work visit the following links:

http://thestudioofmattgordon.blogspot.co.uk

https://www.instagram.com/mattgordon_paintings/

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