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Matt Brown

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1958, Matt Brown grew up in the Northeast and Washington, DC. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981, and began his career as a carpenter, cabinet-maker, and builder.  In 1993, he began making color prints, using traditional Japanese methods. He was most drawn to the hanga method of printmaking, which involves creating prints from multiple wood blocks using water, rice paste, and pure pigments. Brown was self-taught in printmaking, learning by printing, studying other ukiyo-e (floating world) prints at museums and in books, and conversing with Japanese woodblock artists and craftsmen.

Matt Brown has had prints in several exhibitions and invitationals, including the Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Showings Fine Art, Denver CO, Wenniger Gallery, Rockport, MA, and Red Roof Gallery, Enfield, NH. His prints have been cover illustrations for two publications, North of Now (1998) and Proud to Live Here (2006).

Artist’s Statement:

"I graduated from college hoping to work with my hands. In 1987 I established my own business doing all kinds of work with wood: post and beam barns, new house construction, renovations, additions. Cabinetry work that I and various helpers pursued led to the construction of a shop which is where I now make my woodblock prints.

My print-making career owes much to those years. Learning to work with wood, to line things up and judge by eye, to draw up plans and implement them into 3 dimensions: this was in many ways a printmaking apprenticeship. My materials are now pigments, wooden blocks and paper and my pursuit is with line, shape and color, but it still feels like the same process of visualizing something, analyzing it into parts and then putting hand to tool and getting to work."