Matt Rogers

April 2021
St. Helena

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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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.

Education
1993 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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
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.

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Selected Artworks

Education
1993 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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
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.

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.