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STUDIO/MOVING SALE

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I have some exciting news!
After 15 years in the same studio, I am bursting at the seams – so I am expanding, and moving to a new studio & gallery space. I am currently renovating the new location, and I will be ready to move in early 2017. That being said, I have A TON of stuff to go thru, toss, give away and art to sell so I don’t have to move it. My Birthday is on December 1st and in honor of my 17th annual 29th Birthday – I’m having a studio SALE – starting today!  All artwork by Casey Matthews at the Blue Door Gallery is 29% OFF through Friday, December 2nd (11:59PM EST) with the code “HAPPYBIRTHDAY29”

So go ahead and treat yo self! I have lots of new work, so shop online in your underwear: http://www.bluedoor-gallery.com

And stay tuned for the new studio/gallery location and grand opening early next year!

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Casey Matthews in First Coast Magazine – The Art of Buying Abstract Art

I had a photo shoot in my studio recently and HERE is the final product – an article for First Coast Magazine. It is about shopping for art – from the perspective of the artist, designer, and gallerist.  I have been fortunate that Stellers Gallery has placed a lot of my work, especially LARGE work this year,  And Julie Schulte, of Schulte Designs,  is a local designer that has placed a lot of my work in her homes/projects over the years as well. Basically I rock!

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Casey Matthews (photo by Jessie Preza http://www.jessiepreza.com)

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Casey Matthews (photo by Jessie Preza http://www.jessiepreza.com)

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Casey Matthews (photo by Jessie Preza http://www.jessiepreza.com)

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Artwork by Casey Matthews, Design by Schulte Interiors, Photo by Jessie Preza

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Artwork by Casey Matthews, Design by Schulte Interiors, Photo by Jessie Preza

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New Work on my Website

I got off to a slow start this year:  I went on an amazing sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands-

However, the day we left to come back home – I started getting sick.  More like an allergy/post nasal drip/sinus infection thing (not the flu) – I think because I smelled mold in our hotel room in St. Thomas.  I was not bedridden by any means, but just did not feel like doing much.  I tried painting a few hours here and there, but I kept spinning my wheels – my work time was completely unproductive.  Then the stuffiness moved into my ears, and I could not hear for two weeks. I had to go to the doctor three times, and was but on a second round of antibiotics, as well as a steroid pack.  And if you know me, you would know I’m already sort of deaf in one ear;  It was actually a bit depressing.  Blah blah blah with the complaining…

But then, I hit the ground running.  In the month of February alone I was able to start many new pieces as well as rap up several I had started before Christmas.  I’m not sure where all the inspiration came from.  I just had about 25 paintings photographed last week, and here are a few of my favorites:

Casey Matthews   "My Own Best Worst"   (36x36)

Casey Matthews “My Own Best Worst” (36×36)

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Casey Matthews “Crown of Thorns” (36×36)

Casey Matthews   "Catch You On the Flip Side"   (36x48)

Casey Matthews “Catch You On the Flip Side” (36×48)

Casey Matthews   "Suck High Hopes"   (30x40)

Casey Matthews “Suck High Hopes” (30×40)

See more new work HERE

Enjoy!

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Artist Spotlight Series: An interview with Casey Matthews

Casey in the Studio

My least favorite thing to do is talk about myself – but here is a great interview I did for Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room.  Thanks Holly! See more of her inspiring artist series HERE.

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Studio Mess : Creative Clutter

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I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this is as messy and crammed as my studio has ever been in the past 11 years  – and this is only ONE room (and this one is supposed to be the clean/gallery room.)  I have been super busy with some HUGE commissions. No time to clean.

I even got another commission last night – a huge installation to fill a 15’Wx11’H space.  I’m about ready to holla “last call” for Commissions before Christmas! Where did summer go?

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an artists eye

Sometimes when people find out you are an artist they automatically assume you can paint anything, fix anything, are naturally crafty, and all things creative are your forté.  You would not believe the kinds of things I have been suckered into.  Well, believe it or not, I suck at a few things.

When I was in college, they make you take a little bit of everything.  I was a painter through and through so sculpture did not interest me.  In fact, I was the only person in my class that wanted to cast something (make a carved mold out of Styrofoam, bury it in sand, and pour hot metal in the tube leading to the mold and then the mold melts away) cast a copper masks of three muses, and painted them with enamel paint, much to my professors dismay.  I hated ceramics because the clay made my hands dry.  I could not throw a decent pot to save my life, so I stuck to hand building, and again, was more concerned with glazing. I would even take my pieces to a local paint your own pottery shop and use low fire glazes on my work just so I could have prettier glaze choices.  I told you I was a painter)  And photography was a bit too time consuming, scientific and structured for me (developing your own film, chemicals, timing, dodging and burning, F-stops) etc.  And the hours spent in the dark room without even seeing daylight for hours on end, and back pain from standing so long……Not my thing.  I just preferred to leave my camera on “Automatic” and at times I cheated and had my film developed at the local photo mat (I did have to print it myself though.)  I just could not be bothered with anything beyond the initial composition – where the real art was in my opinion.  And even if I did come up with something decent here and again, I considered photography one of the lowest art forms there is (sorry, but that is how I feel) – so I never really pursued it beyond two semesters. But the one thing I did learn from photography was how to look at the world with an artists eye, and though the lens.  I notice things that other people do not. Floating through life finding beauty in everything. And you can crop out the bull crap in a zoomed second.

That being said, I was recently cleaning out my office, and came across all my negatives and a few photographs from College – 1992.  Yes, folks that was 20 years ago.  I was not the best photographer (kids, the digital camera was not invented in 1992 – I was using an old school manual 35mm camera) and the photos are not that great, but it was a self-portriat assignment.  Shot in my tiny kitchen with a black sheet taped on the wall.  My girlfriend and I were making silly poses, in strapless bras pretending we were naked – and the person that took the photos off-ed himself the following summer.   I always liked these photos of myself, but the memory was bitter sweet.  Lost youth.

Now days, any douche bag with a  digital camera, and a Flicker account fancy themselves a photographer……

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What is Art? Who knows?

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Part of one of the amazing things about having an art studio open to the public is that I can interact with people on a whole other level.  And believe me – this has not always been a welcomed act (on may part.) I’m sure I sound like a broken record on that subject.  I don’t exactly care for most people, I’m shy,  I’m not a people-pleaser, and I don’t seek validation from people to prove my self-worth (as an artist).  Oh, and I dread small talk.  Also, my bull shit tolerance level is very low…..I guess I could go on and on.  Those are not exactly the greatest qualities to possess, especially when you are trying to sell things.  (Ooooops) So having an open studio has helped me interact with people and learn to work around interruptions, and be more patient with people. I am generally a joyous person even though I make myself sound like a troll, just not a people person.

That being said, I met this older gentleman the other day.  He was very interested in hearing me explain my art – because I could tell that he could not understand it, or relate to it in the least bit.  Upon further conversation, I learned that he really did love art – but preferred more realistic, and especially enjoyed plein air.  He was so passionate when he was describing a certain piece of art he had in his possession – that he could tell that it was painted at several different times of day because of the light, etc.  He even managed to track down the exact small town where it was painted (and from what I remember, it was even in a different country.) I was completely impressed that he spent so many hours analyzing the painting.  Some people like things (art, music, movies) that remind them of a past experiences, past places, their youth, etc.  And he was defiantly one of those people (stuck in the past).   On the other hand – I enjoy art, and making art that makes me use my imagination, tap into my adventurous side, seems unpredictable, more progressive, and explores the unknown.  I am drawn to the mystery. This mirrors how I live and embrace life.

This gentleman went on to talk about his previous work life, (I think oil/geology related,) and  he was particularly interested in Fractals (Fractal Geometry – I think). He is obsessed with observing and predicting patterns in everything, and this is where my art frustrated him.  Because he is used to applying logic to everything in his life – and my work appeared illogical at first glance.  He could even apply Fractals to Jackson Pollocks work, and I attempted to understand his explanation.  (And BTW I’m waaay past sticking a bird in my otherwise non-objective painting art so some blow Joe logical left brainer can find something to relate to, and be OK and breathe easy the rest of the day) I simply explained that the outcome of my work meant absolutely nothing, and was non-objective, and intuitive.  That there was no need to over analyze it – that you are to enjoy it as “Art, for Art’s Sake.”  That the things I am inspired with absolutely have nothing do with a subject matter – or at least a subject that can be decoded by mere humans.  I am more inspired by energy, mood, and experimenting, and that I find my work very challenging, and that is my main priority. While, yes, my eventual goal is to sell my paintings and financially support myself,  I do not set about making a pretty picture that will match a sofa when I sit down at the easel.  The outcome is completely unrelated to the process. That my art is my therapy, and I am relaxed and clear when I work.  That the process is a grounding experience for me and it is the journey that is the most important.  Because it is mine, and mine alone.    The secret communication and intimacy that transpires is only mine to understand.  When I am finished – I will let you see,  I just don’t care or want you to understand.  I could make something up about how deep and meaningful my work is – but I hate to admit it – there really is nothing to explain.  My work is an extension of MY personality.  I am not a particularly deep or meaningful person. I’m a realist and don’t think I am a decidedly special, or exceptional human being.  Just average – and I’m OK with that.  I don’t care about politics,  I am straight-forward, at times rude, and superficial.  I am also passionate, focused, humorous, fun, and loving – and just don’t take things seriously or over-analyze things.  I’m just trying to fly below the radar, and trying to enjoy life before the world implodes.

Behind the EightBall (36×36)

How to define art has been a subject that has been debated by an infinite number of people since the dawn of human civilization. And there seems to be no definite solution to define such a simple subject.  But most will agree, that art is subjective and different in the eye of the beholder.  Art stimulates different parts of our brains and evokes emotion.  Art is a way to be creative and express ones self. For some people, art is the entire reason they get out of bed in the morning. And you might say that art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans.  It is amazing how different people from all walks of life can see, enjoy, experience, and perceive things completely differently.

But the fact that my art even evoked something in this man, was intriguing to me. You know the saying “The only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about” – Oscar Wild.  I guess that is true – depending what lies are told.

He was very intelligent and knowledgeable about art – and I enjoyed talking with him – but he just did not care for non-objective abstract art, no matter how I tried to explain it to him.  And that was OK.  I enjoyed our conversation because I rarely think about what I am doing, let alone articulate what I am doing.  I realize I live in a little vacuum, and feel like a turtle most of the time; keeping to myself, and interacting very little. I forget that I need a little artist intellectual stimulation now and then.

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