Savvy Artist Will Be "Live Painting" at Carpe Artem Gallery in Oklahoma City...

Discover the "Famous Faces" of Oklahoma artist, Matthew R. Paden.

The Savvy Artist

The Savvy Artist will be doing a "live painting" demonstration at Carpe Artem Gallery in Oklahoma City on Friday, November 6th from 5 PM to 8 PM.

1104 NW 30th St. Oklahoma City 73118

Stop by meet the artist, ask questions and discover some of his Spontaneous Realism portraits available now at the gallery until December 31st.


Matthew R. Paden is an award-winning contemporary abstract artist living in Oklahoma with his beautiful wife and daughter, Matt's larger-than-life pieces astonish in both private and public exhibits.

Specializing in Spontaneous Realism, The Savvy Artist often uses vivid and expressive colors with lots

of palette knife texture to create the strikingly evocative acrylic pieces.

From his atmospheric “Utopia” series, to the eminently realistic “Famous Faces”, Matt masterly captures the subtlest of emotions and delicate moody intricacies.

Despite his diverse choice of subjects, Matt’s body of work is united in its ability to evoke emotion and awe in the viewer, with precise details etched amongst broad yet perfectly executed brushstrokes.

Artist, Matthew R. Paden


"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

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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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