Matt Flint is a painter from a mountain town in Wyoming. He grew up in a rural setting in Missouri surrounded by woods, animals, and family. As a boy, he spent hours wandering outside, carefully observing textures in a rock formation, or spying on a deer, peeking in a birds nest, marveling at sunsets and sunrises, climbing trees, and watching the changing landscape. As an adult, Matt spends his time with his family, painting, and exploring the rugged Wind River Mountains that overlook his house and studio.
Matt’s early contact with all things natural has become the core of how he understands and processes what’s around him. Living in Wyoming for the last 15 years has had a profound effect on his work. The history, space, sense of isolation, and wildness of the land continues to amaze, mystify, and inspires him. Matt states: “In much of my work, the memory of animals I have seen, remote places I have hiked, and encounters I have had in the wild, are combined to become new experiences. Ideas of change, fragility, and interconnectedness traverse my work.
Like the rhythmic cycles of change seen in the natural world, my painting process is intuitive, elusive, and built through layers of creation and destruction. As one image comes into focus another is fading away, retaining a piece of the previous while hinting at what might come next. In this way the work is in flux, shifting back and forth spatially between being up close and yet at a distance. When painting or out wandering in the mountains, I am searching for meaning through connection and solitude.”
Matt’s work is in the permanent collections of the State of Wyoming, The Nicolaysen Museum of Art, and multiple corporate and private collections. He has been featured as an “artist to watch” in Western Art & Architecture magazine and Southwest Art magazine and was featured in the VICE Creators Project 50 States of Art. Matt is also an Associate Professor of Art at Central Wyoming College.