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8/1/2012 - Agawam Public Library Art exhibit for the month of August

West Springfield artist, John Matlock, who is more recently recognized for his New England and nostalgic themed paintings, is taking a step back to his professional painting roots and will be exhibiting his Marine life collection exclusively for the first time in sixteen years at the Agawam Public Library August 1 through August 31, 2012. 


            While John says he enjoys painting any subject matter, marine life is always closest to his heart. It is where it all began for him in 1994, travelling to outdoor art shows all over New England.   Before long, he was tagged as the “Fish Painter,” being recognized for his many tropical fish paintings as well as anything under the sea. John’s inspiration for marine life was sparked by renowned marine artists such as Wyland and Christian Lassen. It is a subject with few boundaries and unlimited use of subject and color. It is a world that takes you away from the things of man.   John’s primary choice of medium is acrylics for their quick drying time and for the “green” aspect of only needing water to both clean brushes and thin the paint rather than using solvents.


            Matlock is a professional artist like his father before him. He grew up watching and studying his father Thomas paint landscapes in oil mediums in their basement studio in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Forty years later, John now paints in that same studio with the same fifty year old artist easel applying the lessons he learned from his father. John studied art at Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts concentrating in painting. He has sold works across the country at juried outdoor art festivals but stays based mostly in New England. His travels to outdoor art shows and galleries have taken him down every back road and town, big and small, across the Northeast. Being a native son of Massachusetts, New England runs through his veins. “When you live in one place long enough”, John says, “It becomes a part of you.”    John’s artist website is http://www.johnmatlockartwork.com.


Contact:            Joanne Szelag, (413)-789-1550 x8851, jszelag@agawamlibrary.org.