About the artworkLion and Squid Go to Town was created with oil paint on primed linen. The professional grade linen is stretched over wooden stretchers with a 4cm thickness. The extra thick stretcher gives the painting presence when hung on the wall. This work is ready to hang. Some paintings are manifested from visual memory whereas others are constructed from images formed during the painting process. The image evolved over the course of production. Lion and Squid Go to Town painted itself into a playful scene of two happy characters walking. The painting style was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud's dessert series.
Matthew J. Frock's formal art education started early with private lessons at twelve-years. In 1997 he earned a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and 10-years later earned an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, USA.
"My art works are products of the media I ingest. I think of the information I absorb as fodder for imagination. The richer the information, the more complex the results. The most intriguing aspect of the creative process is the formation of ideas. I believe in part it is our responsibility to seek out quality information for a healthy imagination, but I also believe our intentions are equally important. Our intentions invite the Muse. They color and shape her guidance."
"If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman."
- Socrates (399 BC, Classical Athens)