I am an artist who paints abstract/ surreal imagery influenced by Newfoundland culture and the fishery. Art is my passion - I love creating art, love writing about art, and love featuring, inspiring, and promoting other artists through my website Artpromotivate.
My site has a popular feature called the Artist Spotlight, where artists are featured in a full page article. Over 190 artists have been featured so far, and if you are interested please visit this page: Artist Spotlight - It's completely free!
If interested in seeing some of what I create (paintings and drawings), please visit Graham Matthews Art
"Growing up in a small town in outport Newfoundland, my art has been primarily inspired by our cultural heritage, isolation and the fishery. These are changing times in our province - fish plants are closing, people are moving to the "mainland" for work and much of our culture is being forgotten. From my years working in a fish plant, which has recently closed, I have a deep respect for our plant workers and fishermen, who have devoted much of their lives to the fishery - just as their parents and grandparents did. My art is a personal reflection of my own experiences coupled with a tribute to our fisher folk.
Change and movement are predominant themes in my work, symbolically through organic lines and forms, and representationally. Many of my paintings capture moments in time, often dramatic, such as paintings of stages, boats, fish, ice-bergs and more. Forms are often partly abstracted and surrealized, and carry layers of meaning.
I have a BFA in Visual Art(1999) from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland."