Cosby’s paintings are confections, derived from human industry. Growing up, he worked in his father’s shop, retrofitting machines. His paintings have a sharp, manufactured look, using a combination of modern and diverse materials. With a mechanical and mathematical mind, enhanced with a BS in Economics from Portland State University, his compositions present a systematic order of objects of indulgence.
Matt is a Pacific Northwest artist, whose painting exhibitions relay both diversity of colour and diversity in geometry. His subjects are carefully plucked, objects that tantalize the senses, things that glint and capture our gaze, things that make us feel lucky or prosperous. He is concerned with describing the monotony of the mundane, how it changes in shape, but remains in a predictable manner.
Book author and poet Sandra Stone writes - “Matt Cosby’s glassy, glossy images stimulate the taste buds. Sexy, tactile, compelling–this famished viewer wants nothing more than to indulge. But, wait! Not long before I encounter dark interstices. Deep-embedded, they cajole the inner eye. Now I weave among optical illusions, patterns––dizzying and precise. In some paintings there is no breathing space but ongoing field––an infinite regression. All this can be seen. But the objects of desire are elusive. They float under the surface, tantalizing, luminous.”
“’Petals’ appears as a sequential lyric poem. Translucent flower colors, Rambling Rose pink, yellow dahlia, peony peach. Overlapping, Rambling Rose pink transforms yellow dahlia. Yellow dahlia transforms peony peach. A surfeit of blush.”
Cosby’s artworks are part of many well-known west coast private collections. His work has also been bought by European collectors, as he was invited to have a solo exhibition in Nidau, Switzerland in April 2014. With the award of a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, Matt and his paintings were introduced to Europe, where he appeared and gave an artist talk at the vernissage.