I grew up in a loving family in Washington, DC, however I had a wanderlust for the world, and I found myself going to college at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Then I was told that to complete my artistic training, I would have to go to Firenze, Italy. That was in 1989, I have been here ever since! Firenze has given me a place to be as an artist and as a man. The artistic waves of energy are strong in this city, and this feeling of artistic power has created my art and my life. Firenze has also shaped my style of painting. In college I painted abstract watercolors, I really had no interest in realist subjects, even though I was learning all of the basics of drawing, painting, and design, I longed to just paint colorful abstracts. Something funny happened to me when I came to Firenze, I started integrating realistic images in Dalì like surrealism. Little by little, and through the addition of such skills as Airbrush and photography, I started to evolve into the painter that I have become. It was in 1995 that I made my first “Florentine” painting. Since then Firenze has become my muse. I love to walk the streets of the historic center with my camera and take hundreds of photos, all in the hope of getting an ultimate inspiration. My paintings are complex in nature and they are often a composite of several photos put together in Photoshop which I then transfer onto the canvas by hand. I like to add space to the left and to the right creating an image that is literally “larger than life”. I call this 4th dimensional painting, because the image is not only the use of space, but also the use of time. I am really glad that I am able to share my paintings as affordable prints. Let me know when you buy a print, I’ll add you to my mailing list. Matthew Bates matteobates@gmail.com – www.mattbates.net

  • Joined: February 2008

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Family Gifts - Oil Painting

Still life paintings are fun to do because you get to really look into the way things are made up. The details are closer, and the image becomes something that you can really stare at. In my cityscapes I work on an overall design, and the details are less intense, still they are there, but not like in a still life. The silver container was particularly difficult to figure out, all of the light re…
Posted over 6 years – Leave a comment

Sitting on the Steps of the Duomo

About once a year I start working on a really big project, this year’s is probably the biggest that I have ever attempted. The painting which is entitled Sitting on The Steps of the Duomo made me change my style of painting. The details were so intense that I switched from a Liquin type medium to linseed oil. I needed to have maximum flexibility in the painting, and Liquin just dries too fa…
Posted almost 7 years – Leave a comment

New to Red Bubble

Hi! My name is Matthew Bates and this is / my first post at Red Bubble. I found this site by surfing around for cool art / sites to promote my paintings, and this site, on first glance has some fantastic / artwork. I am looking to make new contacts, so if you like my work, and want / to share your artistic experiences with me, I would be glad to share with you! / After all, being an artist is har…
Posted over 8 years – 2 comments
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