"Put in the time and you’ll be rewarded for your effort."
Matt Eddmenson, who graduated from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1999, draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Cowboy Comics, Pop Art, and the work of Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring cowboys, skulls, and rodeo horses. He also incorporates images from the golden age of comics and tattoo culture.
“I work from my memories as a child, I learned to draw by tracing comic book covers over and over until I was able to draw these characters from memory—I have a deep admiration for comic book art.”
"My work is a mixture of early childhood memories. Cowboy Westerns, Native American imagery were all apart of my Grandparents decor. These imagines have now found their way into my work. Acrylic, Spray Paint, Charcoal and collage make up the majority of my medium. Once I’ve spent enough time painting something I’m happy with, I usually spend as much time working on the background until I have the two become one."
"You have to do this everyday. There are no days off. Even when you’re not actually physically drawing or painting, you’re thinking about it. It’s those who go all in with nothing to lose that really win in the end, regardless of success, those are the people that win in life."