Born in Arizona of Navajo descent, Matthew Kirk now lives and works in NYC. Kirk developed his craft without formal training and creates his pieces using readily available supplies, such as sheet-rock and plywood for his base material. Matthew’s paintings are extensions of his brain, physical existence, and his everyday life. Often through conversations with his children (about super heroes, Star Wars, or the state of the environment), architectural patterns that resemble the natural landscape of Arizona, construction zones, or the street, all come together in his work. Through vague and familiar marks, and unique presentation, Matthew has a desire to connect with people as a distinct individual. When asked about Matthew’s Indian heritage, he says that is plays an important, but nuanced role.
“Early on, I wanted it to be very clear that "an Indian painted this" but I now want it to be equally clear that all aspects have vacillating value. That being said, I do want my work to help me feel connected to the part of my life I know very little about.”
Kirk’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and has been published in the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Modern Painters, and The New York Observer.