Nostalgia Brews Via Oklahoma Artist, Matthew R. Paden's New Series.

Fresh off the easel and available at Carpe Artem gallery in Oklahoma City comes a new dynamic series by Oklahoma artist, Matthew R. Paden.


Vivid colors POP! Expressive brushstrokes reveal icons that create reminiscent feelings.


The lessons we can learn from celebrities of the past are numerous. People like Sylvester Stallone, who played his iconic role, Rocky Balboa in the 1977 film, "Rocky" taught the world that all of us should follow our passion and never give up. Even if you get rejected at first, your boldness and true colors continue to shine. Your persistence will one day lead you to fruition of your dreams.


Matt's series, "Famous Faces" is a sentiment of that virtue. The artist dedicated two-years in the development of his current body of work that concludes with twenty-one portraits that ring a bell in us all. Nostalgia, a sentimental longing, or wistful affection for the past.

Art is everywhere around us. Even you the keen viewer are a reflection of Mother Nature’s universal masterpiece. It is how we interpret what we see that becomes perception.


Matt is a quiet, perhaps reserved by nature individual, but after studying his art one can easily decipher that his pieces are both meticulously planned, but spontaneously created. Complex and abstract, or bold and cautious his "Famous Faces" series is intriguing.

By bringing what is familiar to life through a fresh perspective. Whether you live in Oklahoma City, Seattle, or NYC, all of us are connected to this truth.

Why Do We Feel Connected to Celebrities?

People connect to celebrities in unique ways. You might have grown up having a fondness for James Dean because your father introduced you to the classic film, "Rebel Without A Cause."


When you feel close to the actor, what you’re remembering is the emotional connection to your family through a shared experience.

Although it is a one-sided relationship that we form with a celebrity “crush,” that emotional connection is as essential as if it were reciprocated. When we feel close to the famous, it is typically because their work drew us closer to the people we treasure.

This trait has been part of humanity since Greeks and Romans worshiped their gods. It is a part of who we are, and we should celebrate it instead of trying to lock these connections away.

Our memories help to make us who we are. The famous faces from our past become lessons that we can teach future generations.

We Are All Social Creatures at Some Level

Celebrities get our attention because we live in an environment where we pay attention to the people who made it to the top. Even in Paden's "Famous Faces" series, a handful of past icons because their work helped to connect the most people.

If you listened to rock music while growing up in the eighties, then you are likely familiar with Axl Rose of "Guns 'n Roses." Fewer people recognize Roland Gift.

We admire the ability of actors, musicians, and athletes. When we see these people in movies, attend their concerts, or watch a game, then it makes us feel like we get to know them to some extent. When the people we care about share an emotional connection about specific people, then we draw closer to each other.

Most of us never met the icons from the past. Even so, their work and influences continue to shape the world around all of us. We can share stories of our adventures to see their efforts.

Each memory we form is another layer of the masterpiece that tells our individual stories. If you dare to paint in bold colors and abstraction, then the moments shared with your loved ones can make you an icon one day as well.

"Famous Faces," by Matthew R. Paden celebrates the people who brought us together in the past. It is up to us to bring this hope to the next generation.


Interested in seeing the series for yourself? Be sure to stop by Carpe Artem in Oklahoma City beginning June 5th. Or you can setup a private viewing by calling: (405) 358-7127


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