This still life painting features a vase with flowers sitting on a window sill. Three celestial spheres align outside the window, each a different color that permeates the composition.
Matt Haywood's art-making process is an impulse-driven exploration of the links between formal content and imagery. The artist works without reference photos or images, creating entirely from his memory and imagination. Haywood's expressionistic work combines abstraction with representation, combining the artist's background as an observational painter and his respect for the rich history of painting. Working without a pre-determined subject, the artist’s work explores a highly psychological space through the use of common motifs. At the same time, Haywood's regard for art history compels him to create works that allow for viewer interpretation—while simultaneously employing formal properties that cohere into chromatic and spacial unity.
Drawing from both his memories and imagination, Matt Haywood creates paintings that are both psychological and optical explorations. The artist blends his background as an observational painter and his respect for the rich history of painting in works that combine expressionistic abstraction and familiar representation. For each of his compositions, Haywood allows the content to present itself through the painting process—rather than working to represent any predetermined subject.