By River Cortes
|Matthew working in the Up the Ladder Studio, December 2013.|
Hybrid characters, careful detail, and many, many cats can be found in the increasingly popular work of Matthew Treggiari. The subject matter he devises may find its way onto pillows, sculptures, bowls, stretched canvases, clothing and printed fabric, but drawing is his most natural medium.
|Untitled, hand-stitched felt and cotton puppet, 2012|
A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Matthew is a born artist. He began attending Gateway in 2005 but has been drawing for much longer. Matthew is captivated by a rotating array of subjects, often derived from movies, television and video games. He alters these subjects according to his whims. . . which often means that he combines them with cats. Despite the mischievous humor found in his themes, Matthew takes his work very seriously.
This duality is reflected in his personality. A deceptively quiet young man, Matthew experiences emotions intensely. Whatever his feelings, they rarely interfere with his need to create.
|Emperor Krill, acrylic and paint marker on canvas, 2013|
Matthew’s work has been shown at the Gateway Gallery in Brookline, MA, Drive-By Projects in Waltham, MA, the New Art Center in Newton, and at the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, MA. See more of Matthew’s work here.