Artist Statements

"Famous Faces"

"Quietly observing the chaos around me; I’m fascinated by the simplicity, yet the overall complexities of the world.

With diverse influences as Elton John and Clint Eastwood, my "Famous Faces," Spontaneous Realism series juxtapositions representational art with fluidity and vulnerability apparent in abstract expressionism. Splashes of vivid color along with dynamic brushwork fuse vigorous combinations synthesized from opaque and transparent layers enhanced into a prestige manifesto. 


By reconnoiter the relentless credo of Pop-culture and the emotional reminiscence of celebrity icons from decades past. Only leaving a sense of decadence and the chance for a new understanding. As momentary derivatives become static through emergent and various practice, the keen observer is left with a subtle clue to cultures that are fading away."


- Matthew R. Paden, 2019


"To explore a genre, I believe it is fundamental artists push boundaries of what is considered the norm and delve into the curious unknown.

My abstract nude series, “Exposed” is an unapologetic exploration of the female form and an inquiry into the natural feminine beauty. It is an expression of perfection unhindered by modesty yet not overshadowed by eroticism.

With influences spanning French modernism all the way to the more contemporary pinup art, this evocative body of work is an unorthodox, aesthetic blend of sensual imagery painted in a raw, chaotic style of manipulated colors.

Here, my brush is only a starting point of a dynamic visual journey to destinations undetermined, with the colors, shapes, and textures, the pathway through which I reach said unrevealed terminus.

By design, this collection of paintings will appeal to select collectors: viewers who engage with art both emotionally and intellectually. Beholders who seek inspiration, not information; those who would rather think than have someone tell them what to think.

If you are such a keen observer, then I welcome you to “Exposed,” a sensual world of color, texture, and expression far beyond just paint on canvas."


- Matthew R. Paden, 2020


The Savvy Artist

Starting my artistic journey in 1997, the desire to create art that I attained soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness.


From small sketches to large scale projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself.

I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects, as well as exhibiting in a solo capacity, which has solidified my reputation in the art world.


If you would like to find out more about my process, get in touch.

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