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St. Mark’s is happy to show the art of Matthew Bailey. He will have a reception Saturday, May 25, from 6-9 p.m., in the Parish Hall, with music by Greg Gilbertson, and then will be available after church on Sunday, May 26, to answer questions about his work.

Matthew lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied Commercial Art and Design in college but ended up taking the fine art route instead. He likes dogs.

Some stylistic and thematic unity is starting to emerge in his work and he plans to augment that more and more as time goes on. At the moment, though, his work consists largely of stylistic and thematic exploration: high brow, low brow, colorful, monochromatic, beautiful, ugly, raw, refined, direct, vague, seductive, repulsive, serious, humorous, and much in between. His guiding precept, so far, has been (what he calls) the “why not?” rule. When he encounters a possible course of action he doesn’t ask himself “why?”, instead, he asks himself “why not?” For him, the “why not?” rule embodies the very spirit of creativity. While moving toward a more unified body of work, he will always try to keep the “why not?” rule close at hand.

In his work, he sometimes addresses issues of social justice, nonviolence, or environmental concerns. Sometimes he addresses these issues in a very direct way while at other times he takes a more oblique approach. Sometimes what he’s up to, though, is nothing more substantial than nonsensical fun and visual exploration. He works primarily in oil paint and graphite, but he’s also proficient in watercolor, colored pencil, casein, and acrylic.

He hopes you enjoy looking at his work as much as he enjoys making it.

The Gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Sun. from 9 a.m.–noon. Please ring the doorbell at the door under the red awning by the church parking lot.

Previous Exhibits

Jordan Acker Anderson
November–December 2017

Björn Akerblom
March–October 2017

Byron Becker
January–February 2017

Fine Art Montage
November–December 2016

Images of Wisconsin: Ann L Powell, Mara Kay Pozorski, Daniel Stauff, Bridget Lyle Wolf
September–October 2016
Bridget Lyle Wolf Riveerscape

Suzanne Garr
July–August 2016
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