Matthew Harkleroad

Matthew Harkleroad

Originally from Arizona, USA, Matthew Harkleroad graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Sculpture in 1996. This education coupled with a constant love of painting continues to shape the art he produces until now.

After moving to Seattle in 2000, Matthew Harkleroad received his Masters of Education from Seattle University in 2009. Since 2010, he has taught art at the Seattle School District.

“My work is about materials, shapes, contours, colors and textures. It is meant to be experienced and enjoyed in a very direct and visceral way. This is also how I create. My intention is to reveal more than to invent, to allow more than to force and to feel more than to think. I choose media, techniques, and brands that look honest and natural, building surfaces that appeal to my love of patina and the aesthetics of the different layers overlaid. My joy is in the act of responding - what is needed Here? What would make this image buzz? Sometimes personal or narrative, associations are born from this process. But generally, the experience is felt more like smelling a scented rose, with a deep experience that is valuable enough in itself and without association. Either way, that's fine. " Matthew Harkleroad

Personal and duo exhibitions:
2020 Layered Histories: Erin Galvez and Matthew Harkleroad, Cobra Flute Projects, Phoenix, AZ, USA
2019     Allowing Space, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA, USA
2016 Urban Artifacts, Chaco Canyon Café, Seattle, WA, USA
2011 Solo Exhibition, Knows Perfume, Seattle, WA, United States

Group shows: 
2020 Visual Impressions Biannual Juried Exhibition, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA, USA
2020 Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA, USA
2020 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 110, juror Amanda Donnan, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA, United States
2020 Blue Invitational, Capers, Seattle, WA, USA
2019 Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards, juror Bruce Guenther, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, United States
2019 Exhibition of New Members, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA, United States
2010 5 x 5 at 619, 619 Western, Seattle, WA, United States
2008 Natural Beauty, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA, USA

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