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Matthew SHERWOOD

Matthew SHERWOOD

Artist Work

No Country for Old Heroes
2013
Wood, graphite, collage, watercolor and acrylic
36" x 60"
Real Men Smoke Brats and Eat Cigars
2013
Acrylic and Collage on Panel
48" x 36"
Boys' Life Cover
2013
Oil on top of sealed acrylic, with A Emmett Kelly Whiskey Decanter and an old dud Grenade Shell.
48" x 36"
Alpha or Omega
2014
Oil on sealed collage, acrylic and latex paint on braced wood panel
48" x 36"
Sitcom Caveman
2014
Oil on sealed acrylic, collage, cloth and enamel, on braced wood panel
48" x 60"
BOSS-MAN
2014
Acrylic paint on carved insulation foam brace with wood and coated in a UV protectant coating
48" x 36"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My work wrestles with issues and contradictions that arise from a personal investigation of masculinity and the roles it plays in contemporary society.

Artist Bio

 

Sherwood’s work wrestles with issues and contradictions that arise from a personal investigation of masculinity and the role that it plays in contemporary society. His interest in this stems from personal experiences growing up in rural Ohio and Arkansas, in a long line of hard-working farmers, laborers, businessmen and military servicemen.

Struggling to appease the masculine role models in his life and negotiate the ever-changing “political correctness” of society, as well as the contradictory, overstated masculinities that saturate mass media, Sherwood was unable to fit comfortably into a set masculine role or understanding.

This struggle is reflected in Sherwood's paintings and sculptures, which attempt to reconcile the personal with the cultural and universal, through humor and narrative. His work, chaotic and cluttered, is a visual overload, incorporating all sorts of found images and objects to better communicate the layered complexity of the topics at hand.