"Still Life with Venus de Milo" by Matthew Bird

“Still Life with Venus de Milo”
29 x 22 in
Transparent watercolor on paper

Available through the artist

Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong and Italy.

“My still life paintings are influenced by the Dutch and Flemish painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, which I’ve always found fascinating. Working on still life paintings allow me the opportunity to paint many different textures and surfaces in great detail.”

Transparent watercolor is Matthew’s medium of choice, which may be a little unusual for someone who has been so influenced by the great oil painters of the classical tradition. “I love the properties of watercolor and the way it captures light. Edgar Whitney said, ‘White paper showing through a transparent wash is the closest approximation to light in all the media, and light is the loveliest thing that exists.’ I agree completely!”

See more work at matthewbird.com

And go behind the scenes via Instagram: _matthewbird_ and Facebook: Matthew Bird Studio

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