Three New Paintings Added

Posted on July 25, 2015 in Events |

Hello everyone –

I am pleased to unveil three paintings. One is from 2006 that has never before been shown, while the others are brand new.

It Does
Austin Avenue
Clover

As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Thank you!

Matt Cauley
July 24, 2015

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“Au Naturel” Juried Show June 30 through July 26 at Salt & Fat

Posted on June 29, 2015 in Events |

Hello everyone –

I am pleased to announce that my artwork is among those selected for the “Au Naturel” Juried Show, June 30 through July 26 at Salt & Fat. If you are in the Sunnyside Queens area during the month of July, drop on by. The restaurant is just across the street from the #7 Subway line, at the 40th street stop. Super convenient, and only 5 minutes outside Manhattan.

Thank you to Sunnyside Artists for arranging the exhibit, and to all the artists who submitted work.

As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Thank you!

Matt Cauley
June 29, 2015

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Coverage of the Sunnyside Annual Art Fair

Posted on June 9, 2015 in Articles, Events |
June 8, By Michael Florio, Courtesy Sunnyside Post

June 8, by Michael Florio, courtesy Sunnyside Post

The Sunnyside Post has an article up covering this past weekend’s Sunnyside Annual Art Fair.

The weather was great, there was a large turnout, and I was able to sell quite a few prints and smaller pieces. Thanks again to Sunnyside Artists for organizing such a fun event! We will definitely be back for the next one…

Matt Cauley
June 9, 2015

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Over 20 New Paintings Added

Posted on May 25, 2015 in Big Heads, Misc Paintings, Raw Sienna, Water |

Hello everyone –

I have spent the past year focusing increasingly on my painting creations, experimenting with two new painting series. Water and Raw Sienna.

Water is vital for life. Water is in continuous motion. Water cycles through evaporation, condensation, precipitation. Water heals. Water… erodes. Water is an experimental series of paintings. The human narrative is still there, but the subjects are now interconnected with this additional elemental force. As paint is applied to the canvas, the water will deteriorate that same paint and wash it away. Colors bleed, the subjects are obscured, and the water brings an extension of emotion. As with all my works, I ask the viewer to bring their own interpretation to each painting, and create a new and unique story each time the work is viewed.

The Raw Sienna series has no determined boundary. What happened outside of the canvas is equally as important as what is depicted within. The viewer is engaged to bring their own thoughts on environment and setting and to the painting. Each viewer will supply their own narrative to the works, whether viewing an individual painting or the implied interaction between works on display.

There are also a few new Big Heads and Miscellaneous paintings added in as well. In total, 24 new paintings have now been added to the site, and can be viewed in the Paintings galleries.

As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Thank you!

Matt Cauley
May 25, 2015

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NEW PAINTING: MOLLY II

Posted on November 23, 2013 in Misc Paintings |

Molly II | Acrylic on Canvas | 16 x 20 inches | Painted 2013 by Matt Cauley

Hello, everyone –

This latest painting was both a commissioned piece as well as being a bit of an experiment for me. I had worked with Molly previously for one of my Big Heads portrait paintings. That painting was a personal success for me, and a project I very much enjoyed. Molly’s parents were fond of the painting as well, and were interested in purchasing it, provided I might make some alterations to the image (most notably painting out the Batman comic). I was happy with the painting the way it was, but offered a compromise: I would paint Molly a second time, this time crafting the painting more towards their sensibilities.

Molly and I had a photoshoot during the summer of 2012 and I had every intention of diving into the painting. Unfortunately, my personal life took a bit of a detour and I ended up taking a hiatus of close to a year from painting. By the time I got back into the mindset to paint, I was curious how I might handle the piece. I probably overthought it too much, to be honest. The photoshoot had been extremely fun, and the reference photos were all very inspiring to look at again.

In the end, I wanted to take a quieter, softer, sweeter approach with this painting. I wanted something Molly’s parents would thoroughly enjoy and be proud of. Though this piece doesn’t have my usual quirkiness to it, I feel there’s still so much of “me” included here and there. And ultimately I am proud that her parents have this piece on display in their home.

My many thanks to Molly and her family for sharing this opportunity with me. As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Matt Cauley
November 23, 2013

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PARSONS ALUMNI EXHIBITION 2013

Posted on October 9, 2013 in Events |

Hello, everyone!

After a review of nearly 600 submissions from talented alumni around the world, I am delighted to announce that my painting, Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2013 Parsons Alumni Exhibition. This salon-style exhibition is open to the public October 14-19 in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

PARSONS ALUMNI EXHIBITION 2013
October 14-17, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Gallery open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m.)
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY
>> CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS

Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico was part of a larger series of portraits focusing on Latin America political figures. Please click HERE to view the other paintings in this series.

Your kind words and encouragement mean a lot to me. As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Matt Cauley
October 8, 2013


NEW “BIG HEADS” PAINTINGS ADDED

Posted on July 24, 2012 in Big Heads |

Hello, everyone!

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to continue my painting studies under the tutelage of master painter John Parks. It had been some time since I was able to focus on my Big Heads painting series, and I was eager to revisit the series.

What resulted was a series of 11 large scale paintings, created over the course of 3 months. Tonight I am unveiling four of the works: Judy, Cesar, Hanna, and Brett. The others will be gradually rolled out over the next few weeks, and work on new portraits shall begin later this year.

You can see the full Big Heads series by clicking HERE.

Your kind words and encouragement mean a lot to me. As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Matt Cauley
July 23, 2012

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NEW PAINTING: GRETA

Posted on July 22, 2012 in Misc Paintings |

Hello, everyone!

This painting has all of the ingredients of what I don’t like in a painting asignement: being asked to paint the portrait of someone’s child and being reliant on using someone else’s photographs as visual reference. I can be pretty finicky when it comes to that, and yet I couldn’t have had more fun with this project. Greta was a joy to paint!

This painting was commissioned in exchange for some design work I was in need of. I have always been a little hesitant of painting children, mainly because it doesn’t take much for a child to look unnaturally evil. Simply having too many teeth showing or too big a smile and all of a sudden you turn what was supposed to be a sweet angelic image into something dark and uncomfortable.

Still, Joe had gone above and beyond for me, and I wanted to not only repay him, but to prove to myself that I could use my artistic style in a way that would do justice to the subject. Plus it was an interesting challenge.

Working from several of the client’s own photographs, I took on the project and ended up having a blast with the project. I was fortunate enough to have some amazing photos to work from, and it didn’t hurt that the subject totally lights up the camera.

You can find this painting, along with others in the Misc Painting series, by clicking HERE.

And, here she is with the finished project:
Greta with Painting | The Artwork of Matt Cauley

Special thanks to Joe and Greta for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.

Matt Cauley
July 22, 2012


FROM THE VAULT: CLAUDIA

Posted on June 2, 2012 in Misc Paintings |

Hello, everyone!

This painting dates back to 2007. At the time, I was developing a series of paintings that had a Southern-Fried, Thelma & Louise meets Justified flair to them. Each painting featured a scene taking place in the deep south during the middle of summer in a place without air conditioning. The paintings were filled with heat, sweat, and often the grime of a dingy environment. Almost a crime noir for the South, though I certainly wanted them to be fun as well.

Several paintings were started, and most came near to completion. I have never shown them publicly before, as I had intended on developing several more and release them together as a series.

Flash forward a few years, and I began to realize I had a substantial body of work around the studio that had yet to be unveiled to the public. This piece, though, always stumped me a bit. I had originally planned on having a neon glow creeping in from off camera, and maybe have some take-out Chinese food containers scattered on the floor. I wanted the scenario to be this woman on the run, plopped down on a bed watching late-night tv in a gritty motel room. I never got around to adding in all those flourishes, and looking at the piece with fresh eyes now, I’m glad I didn’t. I think it would have complicated the image, and there is a more subtle approach to the story as it stands now.

At this point, I’m focusing more on portrait painting and exploring a more natural palette, but I’ll always have a soft spot for these bright vibrant works. They were fun and adventurous for me, and represent a time when I was still transitioning from an illustrative approach to painting.

Special thanks to Claudia for actually putting up with me saying “It’s almost finished” for close to 5 years. Who would have thought it was finished all this time?

You can find this painting, along with others in the Misc Painting series, by clicking HERE

I am extremely grateful for everyone’s support over the years. As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Matt Cauley
June 2, 2012

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MINIATURE PAINTINGS

Posted on May 30, 2012 in Misc Paintings |

Hello, everyone!

There is a long, rich history in the art of Miniature painting. While studying portraiture at The School of Visual Arts, I experienced firsthand how challenging and rewarding it is to work on such a small scale.

I am pleased to finally unveil two of the Miniature Paintings from that class. Each measures only 2 inches by 2 inches, yet when you zoom into it, the surface becomes lively with both the brushwork and sculptural quality of the paint. This was an amazing experience for me, and an exercise I would highly recommend.

You can find these paintings, along with others in the Misc Painting series, by clicking HERE

As always, I would be grateful for any feedback you might have.

Matt Cauley
May 29, 2012