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Matthew Cook  Toledo, OH

'Self Portrait (Rinse)'
Oil on canvas
Oil on canvas

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About Matthew

Matthew Cook is a Toledo born painter whose work focuses on portraits covered in face paint that are in the process of being washed off. A 2012 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Cook majored in 2D Art Education.

Cook’s large paintings draw parallels between the metaphorical masks people wear on a daily basis and societies need for redemption. Fascinated by the imperfections of the figure Cook’s photorealist style puts great emphasis in the rendering of surface textures of the skin and hair, face paint, and the slick sheen of water.

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"Thank you all for taking a look at my work, and for the comments. Art is an amazing thing that allows for many different opinions and I really appreciate the feedback (both positive and negative). To answer a few of your questions, the color of the face paint is more of a compositional/aesthetic choice. The main point to the paintings is the rendering of the texture of the face paint and it's underlying symbolism. The color is chosen based on the subjects eye color and skin tone and what will be more aesthetically pleasing [to my eyes]. Thanks so much."

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"refreshing the mind"

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