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The Art of Matt Ritchie

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012
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There are no amount of jpgs or bandwidth that can convey the beauty that is Matt Ritchie's creativity. His artwork is simply something that HAS to be experienced in person. You see, in a subculture overrun with overstimulation, instant gratification and the notion that "bigger is always better", Matt Ritchie has taken an unheard-of approach to his art: subtlety, persistence, and passion.

 

For years Matt Ritchie (who also uses the monicker Matt136) has created art in every creative form ranging from ball point pen drawings and acrylic paintings all the way to multi-layered functional, layered wood clocks, weapons and "storytelling" furniture.

 

Though each piece that he creates (a lot of them smaller than a silver dollar) easily stands out on its own visually, there is a huge bonus to experience if you are lucky enough to see it in person. That bonus is MATT himself. Experiencing his pieces with him in person is like watching a really good DVD commentary track. Every piece that he does has an interesting origin, has a heartwarming or silly story, and usually has a completely separate story when coupled with some of his OTHER pieces.

 

Try to absorb as much as you can here

 

and stay tuned as he is already working on his solo show for the ZEROFRIENDS Gallery in Oakland next year.

 

And you can read Matt Ritchie's interview with Jon Wayshak in the Halloween Issue of Juxtapoz on news stands now.

 

–Alex Pardee

 

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