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Matt  Klos
Sparrows Point, Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College,
Assistant Professor


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The places portrayed in my paintings are silent studio settings and scenes inside my home. I am inspired to make these paintings by the light acting on everyday objects and the geometric relationships that lie therein. Paintings begin as extreme simplifications of my subject and then become increasingly focused as each layer and mark begins to accumulate toward the complexity of what is being observed.
My paintings are built through a variety of marks and are a combination of creamy, sheer, scraped, sprayed, broadly brushed and tightly interwoven areas of paint. Each action necessitates a reevaluation and revision of prior actions. In this way, as I work on my paintings, they are constantly in the state of becoming and seldom do I have a vision for a work that is in any way an accurate projection to the final outcome. Although decidedly empirical in nature much of my work in recent years has relied more heavily on constructing an image and conventions of perception regarding image making. Ultimately, I seek to find wholeness, poetry and joy in the struggle to solve a pictorial puzzle.  


born: 1979, Rochester, New York


University of Maryland, MFA, 2004
Columbus College of Art and Design, BFA, 2001

selected awards/honors

Klots Artist Residency, Rochefort-en-Terre, France, 2010
Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council, 2008
Bethesda Painting Awards Best in Show, The Fraser Gallery, 2007
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, 2001

selected publications

New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic, No. 81, 2009
The Baltimore Examiner, "Capture Everyday Miracles," 2008
The Washington Post, "In Painting Awards, Unexpected Outcomes," 2008
The Boston Globe, "Prized Possessions," 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Still Life Gallery, "Rochefort-en-Terre | Plein air Paintings," Ellicott City, MD 2011
Prince Street Gallery, "Keeping Things, Oil Paintings and Interiors of Accruing American Clutter," Chelsea, NY 2010
Nelson Fine Arts Gallery, "Some Days," Lexington, VA 2008
The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, "Suburban Spaces," New Castle, PA 2007

selected group shows

Andrews Gallery, The College of William & Mary, "The Art of Observation," Williamsburg, VA 2010
39th Street Gallery at the Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood, "Space/Place, Matt Klos, Matt Woodward, and Andrew Zimmerman," Brentwood, MD 2010
The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, "American Slices," Five person Exhibition, Bethesda, MD 2009
Myung Women's University and Hai Tai Gallery, "An Art Exchange: Korea/Maryland," Seoul, Korea 2009


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