Let me first start out with all of the apologies I owe all of my readers. I’m terribly, terribly sorry that I haven’t been putting out my best material. Life has been hectic right now due to many circumstances that I’m sure you all know and between the struggles and school starting back I feel like all of my creativity has been stripped from me.
The post that we are about to get into has been planned for quite some time now, and between trying to communicate, getting all the materials needed, and all of the madness that has been going on in life, it has taken me a while to get this post typed out. The post I’m speaking of and writing right at this moment, will be about the wonderful work of the man in the self portrait above, Matthew Diomataris. Honestly, I think I put it off because I was feeling very unmotivated and not creative at all and the artist I’m presenting to you today deserves all of the creativity a post can have. Little did I know that all I had to do was take a couple looks at his art work and I would feel like my creative self once again! So thank you Matthew, for making works of art that get my creative juices flowing again!
I’m stopping the rambling here and we’re going to hop right on into the marvelous creations of Matthew Diomataris!
Let’s start here, Mr. Diomataris is a little bit different than the rest of the artists we’ve talked about in these posts. Not just because of the work he produces, but also because of where he is located. Most of the artists we’ve seen have been from right here in Upstate South Carolina, however Matthew lives in the great city of Atlanta. Since his work was absolutely brilliant to me and he’s not too far away from us I figured he deserved a spot in the Artists in the Area segment! With that being said, one night I was searching for artists around the upstate on Instagram and one of Matthew’s pieces was the first to pop up! I went to his instagram profile and immediately fell in love with all the work he was creating! Let me insert a few pictures now so you all can bask in the glory as well.
You see what I mean? Brilliant.
As you can tell from the few pictures above, Matthew works with a lot of different mediums and this is what he had to say when I asked him what his main form of creating art was, “I’m still searching to find exactly what kind of artist I am. Although, I regularly experiment with different mediums, my illustrative mind continues to seep through in every piece. More recently though I have been exploring the use of compounds to create different textures in my larger paintings.” I feel like Matthews answer to this question definitely explains why I like his work. He always is putting out something new, innovative, and fun, but there is always a little hint of the simple drawing-like quality to the art he produces. I find it very fascinating and appealing. Once again, like most other artists Matthew has been creating things since he was just a little one. I was pleased to learn though that it wasn’t just one art form from the start. As a boy he found himself experimenting with all forms of creativity whether it be skateboarding, playing in a band, or taking art classes outside of regular school hours. Matthew explains that he eventually found him self surrounded by creative people and artist all the time and started creating more art then he was previously, and once he started there was no turning back. Creating art was and is a way for Matthew to express himself and his emotions and have a good time while doing it!
When it comes to the inspiration behind the works of art Matthew said he usually just draws ideas from his surroundings. Most of his time is spent with his wife Hannah, who is also an artist and is as cute as a button (Her Social Media and Website Information will be linked below), so he said it’s very typical of him to be inspired by her work. That made my heart very happy. He went on by saying, “Her perspective has played a big part in keeping my work evolving and grounded at the same time.” Two humans who inspire each other to do something they love wether they know it or not gives me a face full of smiles! Another answer from Matthew that I enjoyed reading, relating to being inspired by his wife, is that most of his favorite artists are people who are closes to him like his brother Thomas Demas! Matthew has looked up to him since day one, so you will also be able to find Thomas’ social media information at the end of the post. Along with the artists closet to him, Matthew also finds himself being inspired by the sounds and compositions of the songs he listens to while he creates! This was a whole new idea to me and I loved it! Most artists I’ve spoke to get motivation and inspiration from song lyrics, but I hadn’t ever really thought of the composition of a song inspiring the composition of a painting. My mind was blown in the best way possible. Genius.
After the inspiration gets flowing Mr. Diomataris has a very specific creative process that he goes through to create his masterpieces. Unlike other artists his process is all done before the work is even started. Sounds funny right? Hang in there, I’ll explain and it will make perfect sense. Matthew spends an immense amount of time on thinking about how to begin the work of art he wants to create. He has to know exactly how he wants to begin it and where exactly he should begin the piece before one mark is made. After that first mark though, there is no process and the art just flows and comes together as it may.
The latest journey and work of art that Matthew has started is a little item called “The Fat Kid coloring book”! The man had me at the title, sign me up for 700 copies. But in all seriousness this is a wonderful idea and his words will explain the journey best, so I’ll use his quote I received when I asked him to explain the hits and misses, trials and successes, how this journey began, and anything else that stuck out to him about the process of this creation!
Matthew: “The journey to creating The Fat Kid coloring book began a couple of ears ago, when I was putting illustrations together for a solo show at Art & Light gallery in Greenville, SC. Because the show was centered on images of different objects piled or stacks dup together, I was spending a lot of time making detailed drawing of these objects. Throughout the process of doing that, multiple people encouraged me to make an adult coloring book, because they were falling in love with the illustrations, and wanted to color the drawings themselves. Shortly after that show, I got caught up in other projects and hadn’t thought about it much again because I wanted a theme for the coloring book that people could connect with and that would be fun to draw and color. Then about four months ago, we found out my wife is pregnant. She’s been snacking for two, and well, I’ve been snacking right on along with her. Not only have I been eating more food, but I have been drawing more food too. Totally letting my inner fat kid out. I quickly decided this was the theme I had been waiting for, and began complaining the drawing from there. I think everyone has an inner fat kid, and sometimes you need to embrace it.”
I know you are all going to be dying to get your hands on a copy of this marvelous creation, so I will put the link to pre-order the coloring book at the end of the post!
Mr. Diomataris and I have a little of a collaboration going on a little while after this coloring book comes out. Matthew will be sending me a copy of the adult coloring book to feature in my post about ways to stay anxiety free! This post will be coming out around mid-November just in time for all of you college readers studying for mid-term exams. At the end of that Anxiety Relief post there will be a huge giveaway and Matthews coloring book will be one of the many pieces you could win! So keep a look out for your chance to win a copy of the coolest coloring book out there!
The last question I was dying to ask Matthew was what he hoped to achieve with his artwork. His answer was sweet simple and one that I liked, “I’m happy just to connect with someone through my art. Especially if it’s a young person. I think if my work can reach a young person and maybe inspire them to make some form of art of their own, I have been successful.”
I love answers like this because I think that’s what art is all about; reaching somebody in even the tiniest way and inspiring them to be creative as well!
I’d like to thank Matthew a ton not only for being patient with me in getting this post out, but also for collaborating with me on the future anxiety relief post, and also for just creating great work! And like always thanks to all of my readers for tuning in. Leave any suggestions, comments, or topics you wish for me to discuss in the comments at the end of this webpage or feel free to shoot me an email! Make sure you go check out Matthew’s work and all of the other artists work that was mentioned in this post at the links found below.
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Website- Mathew Diomataris Webpage
Hannah Diomataris (Mathew’s Wife):
Website- Hannah Diomataris Webpage
Thomas Demas (Mathew’s Brother):
Link to The Fat Kid Coloring Book: