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Mathew McFarren

Freelance Illustrator & Portrait Painter

Location:Newark, Ohio, United States
2 Skills
Biographical Information:
Born in Wooster Ohio in 1957, Mathew graduated in 1980 from the Colorado Institute of Art. He has worked successfully as an illustrator, painter and educator in Denver, from 1980 to 2009. Mathew has recently move to Granville Ohio
Work History:
1980-87 Lee Reedy Design, In-House Illustrator
1983-85 Guest Faculty, Metro State College
1999-2009- Adjunct Faculty, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
Artist’s Statement:
My 30 years as a painter have taught me to prize experimentation,
communication and playfulness in art. I'm continually exploring new
subject matter and means of using media. I strongly believe that color
and value should not be subordinate elements in the representation of
nature. For me, they function instead as a tool to better communicate
a particular feeling, emotion or message to an intended audience. There
is a lot of color in my work, and I balance the colors' intensity and
saturation throughout my pieces. The spirit of the subject is what I
aim to capture

1989 “Desert Primitives” Solo show, Masten Fine Art, Denver
1990 “Taboo-The Male ****” Group show, Masten Fine Art, Denver
1991 “Celebration of the Arts” Group show, Highlands Ranch Mansion
1994 “Pets” Group show, Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe
1998 “Shades of Expression” Group show, Red Shift Gallery, Denver
1999 “Road Show” Solo show, Red Shift Gallery, Denver
2004 “America with a Twist” Red Shift
2004 “Friends Show” Saehlenou Gallery
2008 to present Gallery Artist Vail Fine Arts
2010 to present Gallery Artist Gallery M, Granville OH.

Clients, Collections and Awards:
Clients include Suzuki International, Opera Colorado, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Center Theatre Company, Commonweal Theatre Company, Denver Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Earth’s Best Baby Food, FHP of Colorado, Janus Capital Corporation, Museum Store, Inc., Rock Bottom Brewery, Wynkoop Brewery, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Safeway of Canada, St. Joseph’s Hospital, StorageTek, Time/Warner, US Olympic Committee, Coors.

Permanent collections include Al Franken, Qwest Communications, Hewlett Packard, Brothers Coffee, Coors Brewing Company, Telluride Ski Area, American Express, Rancho Encantado, and numerous private collections worldwide.

Awards from Print Annual, 1982 edition, Communication Arts Annual, 1993 and 1995 editions, 2003 Print Regional Annual. Feature Artist in June/July 2004 International Artist Magazine. Feature article in January 2005
Artist/Illustrator Magazine.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Quark Print. Have worked as carpenter and electrician. Accomplished portrait and caricature artist.
Skills (2) Rating
Portrait Painting