Matthew  Clay  Baumgardner



The selected artwork, their titles, the music and photographs convey aspects of my personality.
Since very early childhood, I have loved creating Noumena (things unto themselves) that engage and heal me.

My work encompasses the sacred and profane, simultaneous textural contrast (Synesthesia) and spatial frequency as it directly relates to visual perception. Different spatial representations or modalities convey varied information, affecting individuals' assimilation of their surroundings.



February 5, 1955 - November 20, 2018
MFA, Painting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts National Fellowship: Painting, 1993

Commencing his painting career in the Carolinas from 1978 - 1983 as an undergraduate, graduate student and art teacher, Baumgardner moved to New York City in 1983 where he lived, worked and exhibited until 2006. Matt Baumgardner is a professional artist now based in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, just south of Asheville. His work is in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

Baumgardner's paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited since 1978 in internationally-recognized galleries in the United States and Europe. These exhibitions include galleries such as Charles Cowles (New York), Edward Thorpe (New York), Jeffery Coploff (New York), Wessell O'Connor (New York), Bentley Gallery (Scottsdale), Carrie Secrist (Chicago), and LewAllen Contemporary (Santa Fe).

These works have received favorable notices in publications such as The New York Observer (Grace Glueck), The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Chicago Tribune. In 1980 "Neighborhood of Squares" was selected for the Gibbes Museum by world- renowned New York Times art critic Roberta Smith. Baumgardner also received the highest award by the National Endowment for the Arts as an individual artist. Baumgardner is the proud father of four daughters: Zoe, Eva, Lila and Sofi.

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