Artist Statement

I paint people, but I am more interested in conveying an emotional state rather than illustrating an outward appearance.  I blur the line between our physical reality and the one that is going on in our heads.  Using oil paint I contrast the subtlety of skins tones with bold colors and thick textures in the background that enhance the emotions at play.  I look for facial expressions that tell a universal truth about what it is to be human.  Trusting my intuition, embracing spontaneity and doing so with confidence are the keys to this new body of work.


Matt Talbert is a contemporary oil painter living in Orange County, California.  While he grew up at the beach, he attributes much of his artistic development to his years spent in New York City.  Working in the basement of the famous Pearl art store on Canal street and meeting a wide range of artists from all disciplines was indispensable.  Matt became well known for his work depicting craft cocktail culture, where he collaborated with the best bars and bartenders across the country.  Now Matt's primary focus is expressive paintings of the human figure exhibited in galleries such as Abend Gallery and Arcadia Contemporary.  Matt was a finalist in the International Artist Magazine's "Favorite Subject" Competition and the Portrait Society of America's Member Competition.  He has been featured in the PoetsArtists Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, OC Weekly, Imbibe Magazine, Locale Magazine and Societe Perrier.  Matt earned his BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design and is a member of the Portrait Society of America.