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Bio

Matthew R. Paden (b. 1977) 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, Paden 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”, the artist 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.

Statement

Why Do I Paint?

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"I have always loved art — seeing it, learning about it, experiencing it, and creating it. Perhaps, it is the unbridled freedom in expressing, and questioning the often-chaotic world around me.

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I paint because it feeds my soul when words fail, colors, and brash brush strokes upon a canvas convey an understanding at a deeper level. Doing something that I love, something that allows me to explore, and be in the moment, to experience the world in a fundamentally different way — is such a precious gift."

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- Matthew R. Paden, 2020

Famous Faces

"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."

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist."
― Pablo Picasso

Vitae

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EXHIBITIONS

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GROUP

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​July - December 2020

Carpe Artem Gallery, Oklahoma City

June 27th - 28th

OK Art Crawl - OVAC

Chickasha, OK 

June 6th  - June 27th, 2020

Steve Liggett Studio, Tulsa, OK

Poetica Erotica - "Enchanted"

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June 2019

Steve Liggett Studio, Tulsa, OK

First Annual Tulsa Erotic Art Show -

"Sensual Chaos"

 

May 2019

Water's Edge Winery - Oklahoma City, OK "Bold & Vivid"

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February 2019

A.C.T. Gallery, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -

"Erotic Art Show" 

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January 2019

A.C.T. Gallery, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -

"Tri-County Art Show" 

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February 2003

Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

"Into The Sunset"

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February 2002

Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

"Expressions of Blue"

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January 1997

Congressional Art Competition, Washington, D.C. -

"Victory Touchdown" 

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October 1996

Congressional Art Competition, Salem, Oregon -

"Victory Touchdown"

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November 1995

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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SOLO

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November 2018 - May 2020

"Famous Faces," Oklahoma City

Water's Edge Winery

October 2018

"Vivid Visions," Oklahoma City -

Water's Edge Winery

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

"Inspired," 10-Piece Series 

Trever Yarrish, ​Grants Pass, OR

​​AWARDS

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October 2003

Art Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Best In Show

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June 2002

Art Institute, Phoenix, AZ

2nd Place

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January 1996

Congressional Art Competition,

Salem, OR - First Place 

November 1995

Oregon State University

Honorable Mention

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

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Lifestyle Big Talker Radio 97.1

Flagstaff, AZ March 2021

The Magazine Plus, Clarksville, TN

February 2021

 

Boston Herald.com, Lowell, MA

February 2021

Muskogee Phoenix, Muskogee, OK

May 2019

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Tahlequah Daily Press,

Tahlequah, OK - February 2019

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Denver Westworld, Denver, CO

June 2009

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Portland Tribune, Portland, OR

May 2007

Willamette Week, Portland, OR

October 2006

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KVAL News, Eugene, OR

April 2005

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Phoenix, Gazette, Phoenix, AZ

July 2003

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​​SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS &

DEMONSTRATIONS

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Strange Earth Studio

Midwest City, OK - April 2021

Mid-Del Art Guild 

Oklahoma City - January 2021

Carpe Artem

Oklahoma City - November 2020

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Mid-Del Art Guild 

Midwest City, Oklahoma - March 2020

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Mid-Del Art Guild 

Midwest City, Oklahoma - February 2020

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Muskogee Art Guild

Muskogee, Oklahoma - May 2019

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A.C.T. Gallery

 Tahlequah, Oklahoma - April 2019

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A.C.T. Gallery 

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - February 2019

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Community College Colorado

Denver, CO - October 2009

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Lane Community College

Eugene, OR - April 2007

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Phoenix, AZ School District

Phoenix, AZ - February 2002

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NOTABLE COMMISSIONS

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Trever Yarrish, Oregon

"Inspired" series, July 2020 - July 2021

(Private)

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Danny Phillips, Program Chair-Mid-Del Art Guild

"Groovin' Free Together," April 2020

(Private)

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Absentee Shawnee Cultural Preservation Department

"Untamed," July 2018

(Public)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

1st. Vice President/Show Chair

MID-DEL ART GUILD

October 2020 - Current

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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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OVAC - Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Mid-Del Art Guild

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