Interview with Matt Gordon





Matt Gordon is a mixed media artist from Northville (Michigan, USA) who strives to make well crafted and highly detailed acrylic paintings and pencil drawings, along with the occasional 3-D fabrication thrown in there to satisfy sculptural needs and to provide live models for things that don't really exist but need to look like they do.









Hey Matt, today you will talk with Music On Walls about six of your artworks that were inspired by music. Can you start by telling MoW why you chose to create artworks inspired by music?

My acrylic paintings are such a slow process that while making them I always wish that they were as instantaneous as a musicians pluck, bang or blow.  

My drawings are my version of a three minute radio hit. Motion, action, Alive!!!

 What is your favorite piece between the ones presented today?

"Denver Mothman Band~" was a super complex commission that I had full freedom to make whatever I wanted and that came out of me.

Denver Mothman Band~

- Is there any other specific word you’d like to say about the artworks presented today?

Do you have plans on creating new artworks inspired by music/musicians ?

Yes! I'll be painting a piece about the Runaways shortly.

Can you tell Mow more about your techniques and how long does it takes you to make an artwork?

My drawings and watercolors I can do in a day, excluding Denver Mothman Band. That took about two weeks from sketches to final. My acrylic paintings can take years

I strive to make well executed and super detailed thought out acrylic paintings and drawings with the occasional three dimensional carved wood sculpture thrown in the mix to illustrate this ongoing story line that has been in my head and heart for what seems like forever now.

Why is music important to you, in your life and in your art?

My grandfather was a professional piano player, so it's in my blood... 

Do you listen to music when you're working? What is the kind of music you would listen to ?

I do listen to music while I work, classical music (Bach etc.) in the day time (from 10am - 2pm) and a mixture of podcasts and rock at night (from 8pm - 3am).

My favorite daytime musician is Glenn Gould.



What is the song you liked the most lately?

I really like the song "Stillness Is The Move" by The Dirty Projectors





What album ?

I have been listening to a band called Tristen Tristen a lot lately and Simon and Garfunkle's "Sounds of Silence" LP. 

What was the last gig you went to ?

Last gig was my buddy's cover band Awesomer

Are you a musician?

I cannot make beautiful music but I sure appreciate it!!!  In all reality I am jealous of musicians. I am not a musician although I can read music from my early life piano practice.  And I can drum a little bit but I leave it to the pro's as I don't have time for another activity other than my art and bike riding.  

How would you see yourself as a musician?

If I could play an instrument, it would be guitar!!!