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Art & Life with Matthew Moret

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Moret.

Matthew, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
At an early age, I was building complex Lego structures, intentionally destroying them and rebuilding them from memory. I was always fascinated by machinery, how it could be both delicate in its detail and powerful in its capacity. The Santa Monica Airport is a place that marks the beginning of my story and still finds itself as a location that is very present in my development as an artist. My grandfather spent over fifty years as a pilot flying his own twin-engine airplanes.

He had a large hangar on the field up until this year and I spent hours on end sitting inside his planes studying flight instruments, decoding maps and learning to distinguish different models of aircraft. In elementary school, I was injured during PE resulting in a cast on my left foot. After the cast was finally taken off, I began experiencing tremendous pain. There was no visual evidence to support any pain and, according to my doctors, I was healed. It took a team of specialists at Stanford to determine that I had a rare nerve disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This particular nerve disease has no cure and it made going to school consistently all but impossible.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am self-taught visual artist creating works on paper, canvas and salvaged denim with graphite, ink, acrylic and mixed media. Whatever medium I am working with, the visual field becomes a source of meditation and exploration. I am also a novelist. I am currently working on book two of a multi-volume science fiction series based on the military-themed universe I created. I have maintained an ongoing curiosity about creation and do my best to allow an idea to present itself without editing myself first.

My first solo show, Matte, was a presentation of various styles of work- abstract paintings, figurative drawings, and sprawling metropolitan silhouettes. When I began to refine my style and distill the color palette, I realized that the subjects that were most prominent in my visual work are anatomy, architecture, and artillery. Under the tutelage of Ronald Davis at the Santa Monica College art program (coincidentally located across the way from the Barker Hangar), I was challenged to dive even deeper into the aforementioned themes. The series of spines originated in Mr. Davis’s class and was inspired by “La Dance” by Henri Matisse.” The elegance of a mechanized spine- the body feels at once connected and utterly separate from me at times. The curiosity about the human body is a result of being diagnosed with a rare nerve disease that has no cure. The motif now appears along the back of my denim jackets, tracing over the location of the actual spine while dancing across the back.

I have a small studio space in the backyard that remains active throughout odd hours of the day and into the evening. I often work on multiple pieces simultaneously and come and go to let paint to dry and for ideas to settle. My inspirations span from military history and the artillery of World War II, the written works of Arthur C. Clarke, the music of David Bowie and the paintings of Gustav Klimt. In “Rendezvous with Rama” Clarke presents a protagonist searching a seemingly derelict alien vessel. He maintains an unflinching sense of curiosity throughout the story. The same glimmer of fascination appears with the Monolith made famous by Stanley Kubrick in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” A Monolith that unifies past and present connecting the dawn of man to the great beyond. A stark geometric form interacting with the physical world reflects a style that I use in my own work. I have always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic materials. Like some of the characters in my sci-fi series, many of my art pieces combine augmenting the human form to create wholly new mechanical beings.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
My definition of success is leaving a lasting impact, no matter the size. I feel having a distinct voice is critical for any artist and I continue to search for and hone my own style. The greatest challenge is to continue moving forward without fear of expectation or failure and to allow me to keep exploring.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am always sharing my latest studies, works in progress and finished pieces on Instagram. After much experimentation painting on salvaged military shirts found at swap meets and denim jackets both new and vintage, I’m also starting to create limited edition outerwear. Be sure to follow my Instagram to keep up to date!

My first two shows were at Installation Gallery at the Santa Monica Airport and I am currently exhibiting there as well as preparing my third upcoming show there!

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 13107292947
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @matthewmoret

Image Credit:

Bleeding City I, Acrylic on Panel, 2016, 18 in. x 24 in.
(Private Collection) 2016

Colony, Canson Edition Etching, 310 gsm, 100% cotton rag, 18 in. x 24 in. 2016

Betrayer VI, Acrylic, Charcoal, Ink, Graphite and Gesso on Canvas, 2018, 24 in. x 36 in. 2018

Matthew Moret wearing denim jacket, photo credit Nicolas Politi

Black and white portrait, photo credit Rainer Hosch

Deus Cleric, Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 24 in. x 37 2018

Lightbringer II: Shrine of Velka Ink on paper 18 in. x 24 in 2018

Vertebrae, Ink and Acrylic on Wood Panel, 12 in. x 18 in. 2017

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