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Matt Ross | Studio Visit

New York, NY

September, 2013

Matt Ross lives and works in New York City and has previously been based in Vancouver and California. He is self-taught, but has been closely surrounded by artistic talent his entire life. Matt relies heavily on natural instinct and experiences to guide his movements and shapes that are visible in his work. Through his unorthodox style and use of technique, Matt's work is a result of both natural and unnatural forms that he has experienced which are then reflected in the final piece. His current approach blends linear, alphabetical, and numerical symbols to create a modern cave painting; a chaotic yet calculated interpretation of the relationship between decay and restoration. Matt has exhibited at Yossi Milo Gallery and Regina Rex Gallery in New York City.


Tell us a little bit about what you're doing in your work now. 

Lately I've been making a series of what I call modern "cave" paintings; layer focused smudge paintings using mainly pastel and makeup sponge while incorporating some minimal linear, numerical, and alphabetical subject matter.  The stylistic inspiration for these comes from a lot of the walls and doors I've encountered adventuring throughout some of the more remote and industrial areas of New York. 

Did you have breakfast today?

Green apple

Which is your favorite quote?

"Don't speak unless you can improve the silence"

What kind of medium are you using these days?

A lot of pastel and a lot of smudging 

When do you make your best work?

Early or late evening

What is your favorite color?

Can never go wrong with Black

What is your favorite instrument?

Guitar and Piano

What is your least favorite sound?

The buzzer to my apartment

What is your happy place? 

The house I grew up in

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

Black Tea

What puts you to sleep at night?

Claude Debussy or Delta Waves

Who is your hero?

My mother and father jointly


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