BIO

Matt Duffin was born in 1968 and grew up in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Houston. He never practiced as an architect, choosing instead to become an artist. Through art, he found that he could easily combine his tendency toward right angles and perspective drawing with the more human themes of solitude and irony. Over time, his medium has evolved from charcoal to encaustic wax, but he continues to dwell in the realm of dark recesses and stark contrasts.

In the past several years, Duffin’s work has received noteworthy critical recognition from several museum curators, private collectors and publishers of national acclaim.  Tracy Bashkoff, Associate Curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, began the trend by selecting his work for Encaustic Works ’03: Fourth International Biennal Exhibition at the Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY.  At the Los Angeles Art Show in 2007, Michael Govan, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and former Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, singled out his work and brought it to the attention of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, two of LACMA’s most esteemed benefactors. Govan then facilitated the acquisition of one of Duffin’s pieces by the Resnicks’ Roll International Corporation, which added another piece to its collection a year later. Other notable collections include The Progressive Art Collection, the Crocker Art Museum (which in 2008 acquired the piece entitled “Crowd Control” for its permanent collection), the Tulman Collection of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the private collections of Carlie Wilmans (Director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and granddaughter of the late San Francisco arts benefactor Phyllis Wattis), and Eleanor Notides (Senior Vice President of Christie’s in New York).  Duffin has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Houston and his work has been shown at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, The Crocker Art Museum and at galleries and fairs nationwide including AAF-NYC, Art Chicago, The Dallas Art Fair, Flow-Miami, The Houston Fine Art Fair, The LA Art Show, The Palm Springs Art Fair, SOFA, SFAIE, and Scope New York.  His work has appeared in Artnews, Elephant Magazine (London), The Morning News, The New York Times Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sacramento Bee, Studio Visit Magazine, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, American Illustration, and Zyzzyva, among other publications.  In 2013, his work appeared on the cover of the German edition of Jonathan Franzen’s book, Farther Away (Weiter Weg), published by Rowohlt.  In 2016, Duffin contributed 6 pieces (including the cover image) to a project with The New York Times Magazine: a 16,000 word, standalone excerpt from Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad.

Duffin currently resides in Northern California with his wife and two teenage children.

 

RESUME

 

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX, October 2016 (solo)

Arden Gallery, Boston, MA, October 2014 (solo)

Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, December 2012 (solo)

Giddy Up, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012 (solo)

Matt Duffin and John Stockwell, Arden Gallery, Boston, MA, February 2012 (two-person)

New Works, Arden Gallery, Boston, MA, May 2011 (solo)

Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX., June 2010 (solo)

Nightshift, Garson Baker Fine Art, New York, NY, October 2008 (solo)

Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, November 2007 (solo)

Waiting for Green, Nelson Macker Fine Art, Port Chester, NY, May 2007 (solo)

Life in Shadows, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA, September 2005 (two-person)

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, February 2016

Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, June 2016

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, February 2016

Annual Winter Exhibition, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID, December 2015

Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, June 2015

Marking a Course, University of North Texas, February 2014 (3-person show)

New Work,  Arden Gallery, Boston, MA, February 2014

Art Auction, Crocker Museum, May 2013

The Dallas Art Fair, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID, April 2013

SOFA, ten472 Contemporary Art, November 2012

The Houston Fine Art Fair, ten472 Contemporary Art, September 2012

The San Francisco Fine Art Fair, ten472 Contemporary Art (Nevada City, CA), George Billis Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), May 2012

The Dallas Art Fair, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID, April 2012

Obsolescence, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID, November 2011

Dodransbicentennial, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, March 2011

Small Works, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, December 2010

The Dallas Art Fair, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA, February 2010

Art of Play, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA, December 2009

??st Annual Small Works Show, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009

Metropolitan Home Magazine’s Modern by Design, Steven Miller Design Studios (Courtesy Dolby Chadwick Gallery), San Francisco, CA, August 2009

Annual New Talent Show, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, July 2009

Figurations 2, Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, July 2009

Valentine Show, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN, February 2009

The LA Art Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA, January 2009

SOFA: Chicago, Julie Baker Fine Art, Chicago, IL, November 2008

Small Wonders, Garson Fine Art, NY, NY, June 2008

Melt My Art: Encaustic Expressions, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, May 2008

The LA Art Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA, January 2008

Flow – Miami Invitational Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Miami, FL, December 2007

Tease, Garson Fine Art, New York, NY, September 2007

Art Chicago, Julie Baker Fine Art, Chicago, IL, April 2007

Get Real, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY, April 2007

Los Angeles Art Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA, January 2007

 Flow – Miami Invitational Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Miami, FL, December 2007

Homegrown, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA, November 2006

Art Chicago, Julie Baker Fine Art, Chicago, Ill, May 2006

Los Angeles Art Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA, January 2006

 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Pier 92, New York, NY, November 2005

Shade, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, May 2005

San Francisco International Art Exposition, Julie Baker Fine Art, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, January 2005

Scope, Los Angeles, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA, May 2004

Art Chicago, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA, May 2004

Scope, New York, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA, March 2004

Unframed, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, February 2004

The San Francisco International Art Exposition, Julie Baker Fine Art, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, January 2004

 Good Things Come in Small Packages, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA, December 2003

Encaustic Works ’03: Fourth International Biennal Exhibition, The Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY. (Juror: Tracy Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY), October 2003

The Affordable Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Pier 92, New York, NY, October 2003

20th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Works on Paper, The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA. (Juror: Marion Parmenter, Executive Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery), August 2003

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

Progressive Corporation

Roll International Corporation

The Tullman Collection of Contemporary Art

The Crocker Art Museum

Carlie Hazeltine, San Francisco, CA

Ellanor Notides, San Francisco, CA

Mort and Marcy Friedman, Sacramento, CA

Rick Smith, Houston, TX

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Whitehead, Colson, “There Was No Other Way (excerpt from The Underground Railroad),”  The New York Times Magazine, 2016, (Cover image, multiple interior illus.)

Illustration Annual #57, San Francisco: Communication Arts, 2011, illus.

3×3, The  Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY, NY, Winter 2015

AI33, American Illustration-American Photography, NY, NY, November 2014

AI32, American Illustration-American Photography, NY, NY, November 2013

Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 21 (Cover Image), Boston: Open Studios Press Spring 2011

Franzen, Jonathan, Weiter Weg, Essays (Farther Away) (Cover Image), Berlin: Rowohlt, 2013,

Illustration Annual #53, San Francisco: Communication Arts, 2012, illus.

The Adirondack Review, An Arts and Literature Quarterly, Vol XII No.4, 2012, illus.

UCLA Magazine (Cover Image), January, 2012

Dessanay, Margherita, “Sunny Spaces, Dark Places,” Elephant Magazine, Issue #7, 2011: pp. 48-53 ,illus.

Illustration Annual #52, San Francisco: Communication Arts, 2011, illus.

Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 14, Boston: Open Studios Press Spring 2011, illus., (Juror: Beth Vann. Senior Curator of American Art, Newark Museum)

Wilson, Rainn, Soulpancake: Chew on Life’s Bigger Questions, New York: Hyperion, 2010, illus.

Bruno, Franklin, “Modern City, Modern Writer: Donald Barthelme’s Houston,” The Oxford American 66Fall 2009: p. 97, illus.

Donohoe, Victoria, “New Talent,” The Philadelphia Inquirer Weekend17 July, 2009: p.1

Promotional Brochure, The LA Art Show, October 2009, Illus.

Baldwin, Rosecrans,”Wax Figures,” The Morning News. 24 Nov. 2008. <http://www.themorningnews.org/gallery/wax-figures>

Taylor, Alex, “Reviews: New York: ‘Small Wonders’,” Artnews Volume107 No. 9 October 2008: p. 165

Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 4, Boston: Open Studios Press, 2008, Illus., (Juror: Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University)

Syfers, Jim, Hotel Mulberry (Cover Image), Sonoma: Apple Pie Press, 2007

Turner, Cherie Louise, “Reviews: National: Nevada City,” Artnews Vol. 106, No. 3 March 2007: pp. 150-151, illus.

Dalkey,Victoria, “Mining a New Vein,” Sacramento Bee Weekend Ticket 17 Nov. 2006: p. 12, illus.

Dusharme, Laurien, “Life in Shadows,” NY Arts Magazine Vol. 11, Nos. 3/4 March/April, 2006: pp. 16-17, Illus.

Waters, Joan, “Emerging Artists,” Sacramento Magazine March 2006: p. 136, illus.

Dalkey, Victoria, Critic’s Pick, The Sacramento Bee  Sunday Ticket 20 February, 2005: p. 15, illus.

Dusharme, Laurien, “Night Moods: New Paintings by Matt Duffin,” Art Contemporaries: A Publication of The Museum of Contemporary Art at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Winter 2005: pp. 16-17,  illus.

“City events: 6th annual San Francisco International Art Exposition,” SF Station. Jan. 2004, illus.

Feineman, Carol, “Grass Valley-based artist receives national acclaim,” The Union, The Prospector 1 Jan. 2004, illus.

Zyzzyva (Cover Image), XlX, 2, Fall 2003

Cassai, Mary, “Marist gallery exhibit validates encaustic process,” Daily Freeman 14 Nov. 2003: illus.

Smart, Paul, “Encaustic comments: two Poughkeepsie shows highlight hot new/old medium,” Woodstock Times 13 Nov. 2003: illus.

Edwards, Nicole, “Multi-layering of colors, textures make encaustic works bloom,” The Poughkeepsie Journal, 7 Nov. 2003,: illus.

Taylor, Robert, “Recent works capture artists¹ somber moods,” The Contra-Costa Times, 15 Aug. 2003

 

AWARDS

 

Competition Winner, American Illustration, NY, NY, May 2016 (Jurors: Matt Dorfman, Art Director, The New York Times Book Review; Marlene Szczesny, Art Director, The Wall Street Journal)

Award of Excellence, Communication Arts, May 2016

Silver Award/Book Covers, 3×3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY, NY, June 2014

Merit Award/Books, 3×3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY, NY, June 2014

Competition Winner, American Illustration, NY, NY, May 2014  (Jurors: Chris Dixon, Design Director, Vanity Fair; Marti Golon, Art Director, Reader’s Digest; Peter Morance, Art Director, The New York Times, Science) 

Competition Winner, American Illustration, NY, NY, May 2013 (Jurors: Jordan Awan, The New Yorker; Sergio Baradat, United Nations Postal Administration; Alexandra Zsigmond, The New York Times)

Award of Excellence, Communication Arts, May 2012 (Jurors: Paul Gonzales, LA Times; Jill Breitbarth, Harvard University Press)

Award of Excellence, Communication Arts, May 2011 (Jurors: Nicholas Blechman, New York Times Book Review;  Ann Field, Art Center College of Design)

Juror’s Award, Juror: Marion Parmenter, 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Works on Paper, The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, August 2003

Director’s Award, Exhibit Director: Laura Moriarty, Encaustic Works ’03: Fourth International Bienniel Exhibition, The Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, December 2003

 

 

VISITING ARTIST/LECTURE EXPERIENCE

 

University of North Texas, February 2014 (in conjunction with “Marking a Course,” a 3-person exhibit at UNT Gallery)

 

EDUCATION

 

B.S. Architecture, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1991