American Illustration 37

Just got word that a piece that was used for a Collective Arts beer bottle/can label made it into Ai-Ap 37, the annual juried publication of some of the best illustration around. They chose 367 out of the 8,000+ images submitted. Jurors were from The New York Times Op-ed, Google, Simon and Schuster, and Scientific American among others. This is the sixth year in a row that I’ve gotten into American Illustration- the previous selections led to jobs with The New York Times Magazine, Penguin, HarperCollins, The Southern Poverty Law... Read The Rest →

Carlos Ruiz Zafón Book Cover

Once again, I need to thank my lucky stars and acknowledge that exposure from the annual American Illustration (AI) competitions is invaluable. Last go round, the New York Times saw the work that made it into AI and offered me the Colson Whitehead excerpt job. This time, it was HarperCollins, who approached me after seeing the New York Times illustrations that were included in AI 37, the most recent version of the competition. I think I’m noticing a pattern! No doubt, it’s time to put to rest the question of... Read The Rest →

Communication Arts competition winner

My piece “Speechless”, the image of which was used on a Collective Arts Brewing Series 8 beer bottle, will be published in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 59, which most likely comes out in May. There were 4,390 submissions, but only 159 made the cut. So I guess I’m in good company! Share → Tweet

Collective Arts Brewing Competition Winner

My piece “Bright Ideas” last week won a spot on one of Collective Arts Brewing beer cans. This is the fifth time that Collective Arts has selected my work for their cans/bottles. This time around, there were over 2000 submissions. Share → Tweet

New Work at J. Willott and Arden galleries

I’ve been using Instagram (@mattduffinfineart) so much that I forgot to post here that new work is now available at both J. Willott Gallery ( and Arden Gallery ( Please take a look if you are interested in seeing what I’ve been up to lately. For quick reference, the top two rows of my home page are mostly comprised of the new work. Share → Tweet

Crocker Museum Art Auction

I was recently invited to participate in the annual Art Auction at the Crocker Art Museum….and am happy to say that the piece of mine  that made the cut (Loosey Goosey) ended up selling!  Loosey Goosey is a bit of tongue in cheek commentary about gun control- a hot topic politically these days.  The donkey theme dovetailed well with the donkey piece (Crowd Control) that the Crocker has in their permanent collection.  As this is the second year in a row that I have had work sell in Art Auction,... Read The Rest →

American Illustration- Illustration Annual

I recently got word that two of the illustrations I created for the New York Times Magazine last year made it into American Illustration’s Illustration Annual. Jurors were art directors from the New Yorker and the New York Times, among others. Given that I live in the sticks, this kind of exposure is really helpful.   Share → Tweet

Solo Show at Koelsch Haus, Houston; NYTimes pieces available

If you happen to be in Houston, please drop by Koelsch Haus at 801 Richmond Dr. to see my solo show, which opened October 12th.  Koelsch Haus has 15 pieces on display- a mix of new work and the New York Times Magazine pieces (enlarged from their original size and framed).  It was quite an effort to get everything to come together…as the NYT pieces were a last minute addition.  Overall, I think the mix of  themes/styles works well together- the lighter, whimsical, new work balances the darker, more contemplative NYT pieces.... Read The Rest →

New York Times Magazine images/writeup

For those of you who were not able to get the New York Times last weekend, here are my illustrations that were part of the Colson Whitehead Underground Railroad project with the New York Times Magazine.  Also, here is a link to a nice writeup on the project by Eye Magazine (   Share → Tweet

New York Times Magazine

So I just finished a project for the New York Times Magazine.  It was short, very intense and super fun.  I collaborated with Gail Bichler, the magazine’s Design Director to produce a stand-alone section of the paper,  cover and all.  The stand-alone broadsheet,  as it’s called, is the first of its kind produced by the magazine.  I contributed six pieces altogether, illustrations that edge on fine art because of their simple and elegant compositions (thanks to Gail’s sharp eye).  I can’t elaborate on the content….only can say that it relates... Read The Rest →

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