Matthew Miller is a local emerging artist whose work depicts animals, faces, live music, and the human body in motion. Most of his paintings are completed live at music venues, private parties, and even the roller derby. A large body if his recent acrylic paintings will be on display from November through the end of January at Studio Salon Denver, a local salon that doubles as a gallery for Denver Artists. The show will kick off with a First Friday event on November 4th from 6-9pm. There will be food, drink, a live DJ, and an artist talk.
Matthew is quick to admit that he isn't trying to say anything incredibly deep or complex with his art. First and foremost, he paints because it's fun and he likes to have fun with it, especially when painting live. Recent live painting performances include a baby elephant spinning turntables (painted on stage next to a DJ) and simultaneously painting portraits of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. at a recent SNAP! 90's Dance Party at Ophelia's. He also likes to set up at local concert venues and capture live music on canvas as it happens.
But Matthew Miller's paintings are not without any meaning or message, he but he chooses to keep things simple. Many of his portraits include creatives, such as Amy Winehouse and Robin Williams, whose lives took a tragic turn due to mental illness or addiction. His hope is that his art depicts these individuals at their best, in order to celebrate their lives and art. In a similar vein, many of his paintings have a "Memento mori" theme, which means they are meant to remind viewers of how short life is, so they will enjoy it while it lasts.
Studio Salon Denver is located at 1135 Bannock Street, Denver CO 80204.
Matthew Miller can be contacted via email at MatthewAllenMiller@gmail.com. To see his work and what he's up to, check him out on Instagram: @matt.moves. The Facebook event page can be found HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/519868391551323/