Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of numerous organizations, including the National Watercolor Society, and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong, and Italy. His work is in a permanent museum collection as well as numerous private collections.

Matthew has been featured twice in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine as one of “Today's Masters” (Feb. & Oct. 2018), American Art Collector (Issue 158), Watercolor Magazine as “One To Watch” (Dec. 2017), The Artist's Magazine (July/August 2017), The Art Of Watercolour Magazine (Issue 32), and Splash “best of watercolor.”

For 15 years he worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies, specializing in non-profit fundraising. As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others.

Matthew maintains a studio outside Baltimore, with his wife and children.


Artist Statement

The subject matter of my figure and still life paintings communicate my deep love and respect for nature and life. Some paintings stem from a joy or narrative that is from my own experiences. Other pieces reflect the simple beauty I find in everyday objects composed together. I have focused on developing my craft to capture the beauty of what surrounds me with precision and clarity; and strive to convey that to all people through the universal language of representational art. It is my desire that when others see my work they may be inspired by the perceptible signs of the real Creator.


Curriculum Vitae

Matthew Bird
American Painter

Education
Pratt Institute of Art, BFA

Organizations
Portrait Society of America
National Watercolor Society, Signature Member, Board of Directors
American Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
International Guild of Realism

Exhibitions and Awards
2018

Fabriano International Prize "Marche d'Acqua"
     Honorable Mention
Northwest Watercolor Society's 78th International
     1st Place
San Diego Watercolor Society
     FIG Award to Honor Judy Pike
Louisiana Watercolor Society, 48th International Exhibition
     Honorable Mention
13th International ARC Salon
     Finalist (Figurative and Still Life Categories)
The Color of Water, Group Show at Robert Lange Gallery

2017
Texas Watercolor Society 68th National
     Gold Medal/Best of Show
Rhode Island Watercolor Society 122nd National Show
     1st Place — David Marsland Memorial Award
DAWEI International Watercolor Grand Prix
     Honorable Mention
Cats Vs. Dogs, Group Show at The Vendue, Robert Lange Gallery
8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition
Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 41st National Exhibition
Allied Artists of America 103rd Annual Exhibition
     Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Award
Cats vs. Dogs, Group Show at the Vendue, curated by Robert Lange Gallery
Watercolor USA 56th National Exhibition
Georgia Watercolor Society, XXXVIII National Exhibition
Louisiana Watercolor Society, 47th International Exhibition
     Awarded Second Place
Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 40th International Exhibition
West Virginia Watercolor Society
     People's Choice Award
Missouri Watercolor Society 2017 International Exhibition
     Awarded
Illinois Watercolor Society 33rd National Exhibition
Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibition
   Honorable Mention
National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
     People's Choice Award
Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
     People's Choice Award
Muckenthaler Museum Figure Painting Exhibition
Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy

2016
The Artist's Magazine's All Media Competition (for NOLA Beetle)
     First Place
National Watercolor Society 96th International Exhibition
12th International ARC Salon
     Finalist (Figurative and Landscape Categories)
Allied Artists of America 103rd Annual Exhibition
     Kent Day Coes Memorial Award
Watercolor West 48th International Exhibition
     National Watercolor Society Reciprocal Award
Kansas Watercolor Society, International Exhibition
     Awarded Second Place
American Artists Professional League 88th Grand National
1st International Watercolor Biennale Hong Kong
Biennial International Prize Fabriano Watercolour 2016
     Finalist
Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy
     Invitational & Attended
IWS Canada 1st International Watercolor Biennale
3rd International Watercolor Biennial of Thessalonika, Greece
Georgia Watercolor Society
     Awarded
Louisiana Watercolor Society
     Awarded Honorable Mention
Southern Watercolor Society
     Awarded
Illinois Watercolor Society
     Spirit of Bonnie Award
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
Philadelphia Watercolor Society
     People's Choice Award
Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society

2015
NWS - National Watercolor Society/China Exchange Exhibition
Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy
     Invitational & Attended
Watercolor Salon of Thessalonika, Greece
BWS Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition
     People's Choice Award

2014
National Watercolor Society 94th International Exhibition
     Winsor & Newton Award
International ARC Salon Finalist
BWS Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition