BIOMES: Paintings by Jonathan Matteson

Artist’s statement: “I believe that artists are storytellers. As a bassist, I have spent more than a decade of my life refining how to communicate various thoughts and feelings through sound. Now as a visual artist, my goal is to impart sensual and intellectual experiences through sight as well. Furthermore, my interests in spirituality, individualism, interpretation, dramatic irony, and iconoclasm, as important aspects for the sustainable perpetuation of our lives as interdependent sapiens, are also manifest within each artifact that I create or subversively appropriate. Thus, my current compositions are self-conscious attempts to evoke emotive psychological states that will share these values to varying degrees.”

These acrylic on canvas palette knife paintings are taken from J.S. Matteson’s BIOMES series, whereby he has abstracted environments such as woodlands, grasslands and tundras for reflection upon the importance of symbiosis in sustainability.

Untitled #6 - BIOMES

Untitled #6 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 12 in x 16 in (30.48 cm x 40.64 cm), 2013

Untitled #15 - BIOMES

Untitled #15 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm), 2013

Untitled #26 - BIOMES

Untitled #26 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 18 in x 24 in (45.72 cm x 60.96 cm), 2013

Untitled #36 - BIOMES

Untitled #36 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 36 in x 24 in (91.44 cm x 60.96 cm), 2013

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About Jonathan Matteson

Jonathan Seth Matteson has recently been certified into Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at Washington State University. Prior to relocating to Pullman in 2012, Mr. Matteson worked from his home in Vancouver Washington near Portland Oregon as a professional marketing consultant and bassist. Despite the success that Jonathan was experiencing in helping independent retail garden centers and nonprofit ministries, he eventually resigned from the Director of Marketing position that he had held for several years to pursue his “dream job” as an artist and art educator. To learn more about Matteson's art, please visit his website.

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