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Robert Matthews

Medium: Mixed Media

Booth #: GS34C

Artist bio: Leaving college while studying Architecture to focus on his stained glass studio, Rob began a lifetime of a career in Art. There was a decade of restaurant ownership and Corporate Hotel management but a glass bench was always at hand.
A hotel job took him to Hawaii where he decided to again focus on glass. In 1993 Rob received accreditation from The National Historical Society and a 2 year long project restoring late 1800’s windows for a Maui Church began as well as continuing to design and create contemporary windows for Hawaiian homes and businesses.

In the late 90’s he envisioned an idea to incorporate glass with concrete and left Hawaii for Santa Fe, New Mexico where he took a year experimenting and developing his own technique to cast glass in concrete. While in Santa Fe he had his first Gallery Showing, and shortly after opened a Gallery with a partner with the successful intent of turning it into a co-op gallery owned and run by working Artists. At the same time a collaboration creating unique tables led to a gallery show in New York and caught the eye of International Designer Clodagh. Working with her and her firm Rob created numerous pieces for the 5 Diamond Nemacolin Resort in the Pennsylvania Highlands.

Never one to sit still he returned to the West in 2000 where he met his wife, a fine furniture maker and they began a collaborative venture, initially creating work for Architects and Designers showing at the San Francisco and Seattle Flower and Garden Shows. This in turn exposed them to the world of Art Festivals and have been on the road with festivals since.

Robs work is still a combination of concrete and glass and for the past several years has been doing strictly wall pieces. Currently he is working on the largest commission of his career, working with an architect and owner of a horse farm estate on the East Coast.

Artist Statement: Lightweight cast concrete wall sculpture with various textures, treatments and pigments including glass, found objects, encaustic, handmade paper, concrete stains and plant material. The work is cast in a handmade form. Texture and/or bas-relief are created in the form before the concrete is cast.
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