My dream job was to be a cartoonist. I would get sick all the time as a child, and my mother would always get me comic books and "How to draw cartoon" books. I also didn't have too many friends as kid, so I had to rely on my imagination. I guess all that kind of built a strong foundation for me. As a teenager, skateboarding, graffiti and music were my life. They helped me through life's most confusing times. As I got older, my brain started acting crazy and drawing was the only thing that would keep me calm and sane. In so many words, art has always been a huge part of my life, as subtle as it may have been at times.
I am constantly inspired by everything I see and hear. Most of my work is pulled from some random and repressed memories, day dreams and dreamland, nature and my fears. I spent a good portion of my time exploring imaginary lands, so its only natural that I would document my experiences.
I went to Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY for Fine Arts. The program was very small and isolated from the rest of the school, making seem more like a big family.
Honestly, it was amazing. I had two professors who changed my life , Ed Smith and Donise English. They allowed me to make my own mistakes, and were always there to help me pick up the pieces. They were incredibly supportive of everything I did.
During those years of my life, I reached some of the lowest points I have ever been at. Without my small, but very tight, group of friends and understanding professors, I would not be here today.
Most of my work is ink and water colors. I still do murals and legal walls, so spray paint is also a favorite.
I work for myself as well as free-lance. In 2010 I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Click 3x, Discovery Channel and the X-Games on a skateboard auction to raise money for Oceana. I also did some work for the Spiderman Broadway play Turn off the Dark.
I do group and solo shows all over the place, mostly New York and Philadelphia though. I also do murals and commissions. Currently, I am working on some top secret stuff, so check my website for random updates... 2011 is going to be a good year!
Follow me on twitter, I post a doodle everyday! @IAmMatthewReid
I honestly have the greatest and most supportive people in my life. My family and friends are constantly helping me up when I fall flat on my face. They know who they are and they know I love them all! I also want to thank everyone who comes out to meet me or emails me or anything else... I am so grateful and appreciative that my crappy artwork means something to you. And thank you Marcus for this interview!