• Geometric Clouds
      16" x 20"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2013
    • School Of Sharks
      48" x 60"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2013
    • The Birth Of Gulls
      34" x 42"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2013
    • Autumn
      16" x 30"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2009
    • The Stormcatchers
      55" x 66"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2008
    • The Great Escape
      14" x 17"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2012
    • Cold Air Balloon
      18" x 24"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2012
    • Hopscotch
      39" x 59"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2012
    • Apple / Egg
      4" x 6"   |   Oil on silk   |   2012
    • Drink Me - diptych
      4" x 6"   |   Oil on board   |   2012
    • Eat Me - diptych
      4" x 6"   |   Oil on board   |   2012
    • May
      32" x 60"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2011
    • Underwater Rodeo
      4 5/8" x 5 5/8"   |   Oil on board   |   2011
    • Poetry
      5" x 7"   |   Oil on panel   |   2011
    • Carried Away
      5" x 7"   |   Oil on board   |   2009
    • Breeeeze
      16" x 32"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2009
    • Turning the Page
      8" x 13"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2009
    • Some Things Were Built To Last
      4 1/2" x 4 1/2"   |   Oil on canvas   |   2008
Matthew S. Rucker
Matthew S. Rucker

Prints

About Prints for Purchase


"Autumn" and "The Stormcatchers" are the only paintings Matthew has available as prints. These are signed and numbered limited edition archival prints available on either paper or canvas.

Prints can be shipped to anywhere in the continental US, and will arrive in approximately 10 to 14 days.

A shipping and handling fee will be added to each print shipped.

Autumn


Autumn


Print on Canvas $200

16" x 30"   |    Edition of 100



Print on Paper $150

16" x 30"   |   Edition of 100


The Stormcatchers


The Stormcatchers


Print on Canvas $350

25" x 30"   |   Edition of 100


Print on Paper $300

25" x 30"   |   Edition of 100


Print on Paper $200

20" x 24"   |   Edition of 100


Print on Paper $125

14 1/2" x 17"   |   Edition of 100

About

Artist's Statement


I paint as a way to learn about myself; particularly, the things that I hide from my conscious self. Through this process, I capture what is most familiar to me: duality, contradiction and ambivalence.

My life is a ride on a pendulum, swinging between polar opposites. I simultaneously stand on two opposing sides, struggling together at the same moment. It is this moment of black and white, pleasure and pain, human and nature, that I know best and that I paint most.

I create paintings by combining methods from the baroque and neo-classical periods with modern subject matter to produce paintings that lie somewhere between surrealism and photo-realism. I refer to my work as subtle surrealism. My imagination allows me to build or manipulate the world in any way I want, and I don't take that for granted. My paintings are visual representations of dreams I never had.

I use pure and saturated colors in my paintings for a very simple reason, I'm colorblind. I can't see or match color the way most people can. I therefore have to mix a palette in a way that differs greatly from the average artist, and (when I don't have help) paint without knowing how accurate my colors are. This isn't necessarily a handicap. In fact, I think it adds a lot of versatility, originality and a unique cleanness to my paintings.

~ Matthew Rucker

Bio


Matthew Rucker Portrait

Matthew S. Rucker was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His artistic talents were noticed at a very young age by his grandfather - a master woodcarver. With his grandfather's encouragement, art education and materials became a staple part of Matthew's upbringing.

Matthew began painting seriously at the age of 19, and quickly realized that he had unconsciously made his career choice. Shortly thereafter he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a scholarship for artistic and academic excellence. Unsatisfied with the education he was receiving, he left Chicago and returned to Minnesota to begin his career as a self-taught artist. Matthew submerged himself in the arts, painting voraciously, participating in numerous exhibitions and working in other arts related fields including: interior design, fashion design and mural painting. He left Minnesota in 1995 and spent many years living in and displaying his art in several cities from coast to coast.

Matthew now lives and paints full time in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has won numerous awards and honors and his work can be found in collections worldwide.

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Awards & Honors


  • Winner - Library Card Design Contest: St. Paul Public Libraries - St. Paul, MN
  • Media Winner: St. Paul Art Crawl (fall 2014) - St. Paul, MN
  • Lay Jury Award (1st Place): Annual Spring Auction, Salmagundi Club 2014 - New York, NY
  • Curator's Choice Award: Lowertown Art Show, AZ Gallery 2012 - St. Paul, MN
  • Master Framers' Award: Lowertown Art Show, AZ Gallery 2011 - St. Paul, MN
  • Judges' Award: Lowertown Art Show, AZ Gallery 2011 & 2014 - St. Paul, MN
  • Poster Competition (Winner): St. Paul Art Crawl (fall 2009) - St. Paul, MN
  • Published in "Vispoelologee" (An anthology of visual Literature): MN Center For Book Arts 2007 - Minneapolis, MN
  • People's choice award: Salon 300, 2007, Hopkins Center For The Arts - Hopkins, MN
  • Honorable mention: Red Hot Art Festival Juried Show - 2005 Minneapolis, MN
  • Honorable mention: 2002 Minnesota State Fair juried art competition - St. Paul, MN
  • Scholarship for artistic and academic excellence: School of the Art Institute Of Chicago 1991

Press

Contact  

Direct


Call 612.207.7991 to make an appointment for a private studio visit.

Gallery Info


Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212.255.7740
salmagundi.org

Gallery 360
3011 West 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN
612.925.2400
gallery360mpls.com

Schmidt Artist Lofts
876 W 7th Street
Bottle House, Unit #135
St. Paul, MN 55102
612.207.7991


Meet the Artist


"Icing on the Cake" - Paintings by Matthew Rucker

December 1st - 15th (call for appointment)
Public reception: Friday, December 5th, 6pm - 9pm

Also open to the public Saturday, December 6th, 12pm - 6pm, as part of the Schmidt Holiday Bazaar.

Landmark Gallery - Schmidt Artist Lofts Brew House
900 W 7th Street

St. Paul, MN 55102