"My current work explores a style that might be described as ‘folksy impressionism.’ Photographs I take on my travels serve as inspiration; their cropped views transform remembered images, allowing me to reinvent them. Whether through abstraction, or in representative scenes showing landscapes or still lifes, my colorful paintings on canvas convey a feeling about viewing a space—whether seen close up, as an intimate interior, or experienced as a broad vista of landscape."
Matt Kaplinsky works in a variety of paint media, creating original works largely inspired by landscapes and still lifes. Reflections of various 19th and 20th century masters can be seen in his 21st century works, including such figures as Charles Burchfield, David Bates, and Picasso, as well as Matisse, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh.
A self-taught painter, Kaplinsky has been honing his craft since 1991. He finds inspiration in dramatic elements of architecture or geography whenever he travels outside of the familiar territory of his native north Texas. Working both from memory and photographs, he draws on his experiences of places as different as the high mesa of New Mexico, the dramatic sea and sky of coastal Maine, and the cloud forests of Costa Rica. “A group of colors and textures turn on the light bulb… I imagine a cropped view, and that starts a painting.”
“It took about five years before I actually began to sell my art regularly. At first it was out of the back of my old pickup truck in a parking lot, then from coffee shop walls, hair salons, consignment stores and the like. Before too long I was invited to show in a gallery. For me, the important thing about art is what you take from it, not where an artist studied how to express his or her ability. I leave my images to speak for themselves and warrant their own merit.”
Kaplinsky is also available for commissions.