Matthew Rucker

Painting is a way for me to go to a place that existed only in my dreams when I was young. This place was quiet, clean and simple. Most importantly to me, in spite of my colorblindness, I could see everything in bright and vivid color. My paintings are snapshots of this place.

Painting is a way for me to learn about myself; particularly, the things that I hide from my conscious self. Through this process, I capture what is most familiar to me: duality, contradiction and ambivalence.

The most prevalent theme in my paintings is the relationship between humans and nature. Using a painting style I refer to as subtle surrealism, I playfully invent ways in which humans might attempt to dominate, mimic and connect with the natural world.

I use pure and saturated colors in my paintings for a very simple reason, I’m colorblind. I can’t see or match color the way most people can. I therefore have to mix a palette in a way that differs greatly from the average artist, and (when I don’t have help) paint without knowing how accurate my colors are. This isn’t necessarily a handicap. In fact, I think it adds a lot of versatility, originality and a unique cleanness to my paintings.

"Autumn", Matthew Rucker

"Autumn", Matthew Rucker

"The Stormcatchers", Matthew Rucker

"The Stormcatchers", Matthew Rucker

"The Strong and Silent Type", Matthew Rucker

"The Strong and Silent Type", Matthew Rucker

"Quiet", Matthew Rucker

"Quiet", Matthew Rucker