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Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers has lived in California his entire life. He is aware of its precariousness, that it represents the California dream — sunsets and palm trees — but also devastation. The California landscape is subject to earthquakes, fires, and mudslides, which Rogers has experienced firsthand. In California, sunshine and noir are always two sides of the same coin. Utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture—a paradox that infuses many of Rogers’ paintings. In his work, we can sense his deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright, beauty.

Biography

California-based artist Matt Rogers synthesizes Pop art with classic Western painting, depicting timeless subjects in a wholly original and contemporary style marked by bold colors, energetic gestures, and unexpected compositions. A love of nature and an adventurous spirit infuses Rogers’ work: his well-known “Dark Horse” series is comprised of highly graphic, monochromatic paintings of horses and riders, or abstracted images of racing hooves, while a recent series of tree paintings draws from his lifelong passion for skiing and a climbing expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro. Verging on abstraction, the new paintings capture the essence of their subject with icy palettes and vertiginous perspectives.

Rogers counts California landscape painters Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park as influences, and above all, renowned painter Wayne Theibaud, whom he considers a hero and mentor. From Theibaud, he learned to continually ask questions of his work and to weigh each painting’s entrances and exits, the mechanics of the picture, and the temperature and volume of its colors. He has noted, as well, the importance of music as inspiration: many of his paintings contain musical rhythms, while his well-known horse paintings begin as “a big physical exercise, with big brushstrokes to capture the drumbeat of the animal.”

In Rogers’ work, we can sense the artist’s deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright beauty. As a lifelong resident, he knows firsthand that California’s landscape is as precarious as it is idyllic--prone to devastation in the form of earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. It is a place where utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture--a paradox that infuses much of his unique work.

Born in Oakland, Rogers studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives and works in St. Helena, California. He has shown his paintings in solo and group exhibitions in California and beyond.

Born

1968  California 


Education

1993 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 St. Supery Estate and Vineyards & Winery, Rutherford, CA.

2012   Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Aniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           California Dreamin’: Melissa Chandon & Matt Rogers, Napa Valley Museum Yountville, Yountville, CA

2017 10 Year Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015  Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2014  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Jose, CA.

2013  Vanishing Point, Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

           Vanishing Point, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2012 Seriously..., Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

           Seriously..., I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Outside, Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011  Equitation, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Napa Valley Art Museum, Yountville, CA.

           Lexington Cancer Foundation, Lexington, KY.

2010 Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA.

           I. Wolk Gallry, St. Helena, CA.

           Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

2009 Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA.

           Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

2008  Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2006  Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Five in the Sky | SOLD

Five in the Sky | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

18.75 x 18.75 inches framed

24022

The King | SOLD

The King | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

12.75 x 12.75 inches framed

24021

The Princess and the Centurion | SOLD

The Princess and the Centurion | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

12.75 x 12.75 inches framed

24020

The Prince

The Prince

Oil on Canvas

12.75 x 12.75 inches framed

24019

The Fuller Sisters | SOLD

The Fuller Sisters | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

12.75 x 12.75 inches framed

24018

Guard Station

Guard Station

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

24010

Spirit Dancers

Spirit Dancers

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

24009

Blue Lillies

Blue Lillies

Oil on Canvas

72 x 72 inches

24007

Vacation Strand

Vacation Strand

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

23464

Here and There

Here and There

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

23463

Cloud Stroll Beach

Cloud Stroll Beach

Oil on Canvas

40 x 40 inches

23461

May Grey Abating

May Grey Abating

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

23389

Two Towers and a Town

Two Towers and a Town

Oil on Canvas

49 x 61.5 inches

23330

Miami Blue

Miami Blue

Oil on Canvas

48 X 66 inches

220071

Moon Set Palms

Moon Set Palms

Oil on Canvas

72 x 48 inches

210691

Humming Bird Strand

Humming Bird Strand

Oil on Canvas

36 x 60 inches

210689

Messengers

Messengers

Oil on Canvas

54 x 54 inches

200183

Dancing Birds

Dancing Birds

Oil on Canvas

36 x 72 inches

210692

Born

1968  California 


Education

1993 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2013 St. Supery Estate and Vineyards & Winery, Rutherford, CA.

2012   Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Aniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           California Dreamin’: Melissa Chandon & Matt Rogers, Napa Valley Museum Yountville, Yountville, CA

2017 10 Year Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015  Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2014  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Jose, CA.

2013  Vanishing Point, Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

           Vanishing Point, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2012 Seriously..., Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

           Seriously..., I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Outside, Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011  Equitation, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Napa Valley Art Museum, Yountville, CA.

           Lexington Cancer Foundation, Lexington, KY.

2010 Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA.

           I. Wolk Gallry, St. Helena, CA.

           Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

2009 Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA.

           Ma(i)sonry, Yountville, CA.

2008  Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2006  Paul Thiebuad Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

California-based artist Matt Rogers synthesizes Pop art with classic Western painting, depicting timeless subjects in a wholly original and contemporary style marked by bold colors, energetic gestures, and unexpected compositions. A love of nature and an adventurous spirit infuses Rogers’ work: his well-known “Dark Horse” series is comprised of highly graphic, monochromatic paintings of horses and riders, or abstracted images of racing hooves, while a recent series of tree paintings draws from his lifelong passion for skiing and a climbing expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro. Verging on abstraction, the new paintings capture the essence of their subject with icy palettes and vertiginous perspectives.

Rogers counts California landscape painters Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park as influences, and above all, renowned painter Wayne Theibaud, whom he considers a hero and mentor. From Theibaud, he learned to continually ask questions of his work and to weigh each painting’s entrances and exits, the mechanics of the picture, and the temperature and volume of its colors. He has noted, as well, the importance of music as inspiration: many of his paintings contain musical rhythms, while his well-known horse paintings begin as “a big physical exercise, with big brushstrokes to capture the drumbeat of the animal.”

In Rogers’ work, we can sense the artist’s deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright beauty. As a lifelong resident, he knows firsthand that California’s landscape is as precarious as it is idyllic--prone to devastation in the form of earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. It is a place where utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture--a paradox that infuses much of his unique work.

Born in Oakland, Rogers studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives and works in St. Helena, California. He has shown his paintings in solo and group exhibitions in California and beyond.

Matt Rogers
Biography

Press

"California Dreamin" on canvas and surfboards

Napa Valley Register

August 30, 2018

Painter Unlocks Doors with "Keys to Kingdom" by Julian Guthrie

San Francisco Chronicle

March 26, 2014

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San Francisco Art Galleries Openings

Art Business

March 6, 2014

Link

Arts in April - Matt Rogers: Horse (Play) and Seen Outside

Napa Valley Register

April 1, 2013

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Matt Rogers has lived in California his entire life. He is aware of its precariousness, that it represents the California dream — sunsets and palm trees — but also devastation. The California landscape is subject to earthquakes, fires, and mudslides, which Rogers has experienced firsthand. In California, sunshine and noir are always two sides of the same coin. Utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture—a paradox that infuses many of Rogers’ paintings. In his work, we can sense his deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright, beauty.

Matt Rogers

Rogers has lived in California his entire life. He is aware of its precariousness, that it represents the California dream — sunsets and palm trees — but also devastation. The California landscape is subject to earthquakes, fires, and mudslides, which Rogers has experienced firsthand. In California, sunshine and noir are always two sides of the same coin. Utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture—a paradox that infuses many of Rogers’ paintings. In his work, we can sense his deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright, beauty.

Matt Rogers has lived in California his entire life. He is aware of its precariousness, that it represents the California dream — sunsets and palm trees — but also devastation. The California landscape is subject to earthquakes, fires, and mudslides, which Rogers has experienced firsthand. In California, sunshine and noir are always two sides of the same coin. Utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture—a paradox that infuses many of Rogers’ paintings. In his work, we can sense his deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright, beauty.

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