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Matthew Troy Mullins holds a BFA from Sonoma State University and an MFA from University of California, Berkeley.
His most recent series consists of large scale watercolor paintings of private collections, archives and storage facilities.
He prefers his own photographs for reference, but relies on images found on Flickr and the Library of Congress Online Catalog when unable to gain access to somewhere.
Mullins is fascinated by how much information one artifact can contain and likewise by giant curio cabinets housing the souvenirs and experiences of people and that he will never know.
‘For me, everything from the treasured artifacts that are housed in climate controlled basements to the everyday detritus left in storage lockers are tangible representations of another person’s story,’ he says.
His work has been exhibited statewide and he has received honors including the 2011 James Irvine Foundation’s artist community-elected Visions from the New California Award.