Matt Sesow at Silo 118

Posted on Nov 8 by SEASONS Magazine

 

Matt Sesow, courtesy photo.

Matt Sesow in his studio, courtesy photo.

Silo118 presents the opening reception of Matt Sesow’s work November 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Silo 118 (118 Gray Ave.). The exhibition will be on display until January 10. Sesow is from Washington, DC but is currently in residence at the Squire Foundation preparing new work for this show.

Sesow is a beloved artist who hosts shows regularly in his hometown and has shown his work across the globe in  Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Spain and the United Kingdom. Sesow was in residence in Costa Rica prior to Santa Barbara.

Sesow typically rejects the label of “disability” although it is often applied to him. He lost his left arm in an accident when he was only eight years old. Since this was his dominant arm, he spent a large amount of time in his youth re-learning basic skills. After achieving great success in high school and college in his studies, he had a career as a software tester for IBM. He soon realized he needed to leave his tech career to follow the creative passions in his heart and began actively making art in his early adulthood.

He was not classically trained by any means. He is fully self taught and spent the early years of his art career pouring his heart into art. Painting helped him express his deep seated feelings about the loss of his arm.

Recently, Sesow has had a year long solo exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore throughout 2016 and early 2017. The museum houses 25 of Sesow’s pieces in their permanent collection. In 2013 he was invited by the United Nations to create a stamp as part of a group of artists with disabilities, including Chuck Close. The stamp was issued on September 20 at a ceremony in New York City.

Sesow is a prolific painter. He often paints multiple paintings in a single day. He has an extremely large body of work that ranges from $30 to $1,000 and he prides himself on the fact that people from all economic backgrounds are able to purchase his paintings

For more information, visit silo118.com or call 301/739-4669.

—Lauren Bennett

 

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