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Matt Talbert is a contemporary oil painter living in Southern California. Both a graduate from the Orange County School of the Arts and the Laguna College of Art and Design, he is now named one of the "Top 100 Figurative Artist Working Now" by PoetsArtists Magazine. Matt's primary focus is expressive paintings of the human figure exhibited in galleries such as Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles and the Salmagundi Club in New York. While he grew up at the beach, Matt 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 is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has been featured in American Art Collector, International Artist, and PoetsArtists Magazine.


I paint people, but I am more interested in conveying an emotional state rather than illustrating an outward appearance.  By blurring the line between our physical reality and the reality in our mind, the figures in my paintings reside in a world not quite of our own.  Using oil paint I contrast the subtlety of skins tones with bold colors and thick textures in the background to enhance the emotions at play. Through facial expressions and body language I attempt to tell a universal truth about what it is to be human.  I have found that trusting my intuition, embracing spontaneity and doing so with confidence are the keys to this body of work.



2018 Vanessa Rothe Fine Art - Spring Collection, New York, NY
2017 Arcadia Contemporary - Five and Under, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Arcaida Contemporary - Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
2016 Abend Gallery - Sight Unseen, Denver, CO


American Art Collector
International Artist Magazine
Los Angeles Magazine
OC Weekly