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Terry Matlen Artist

Terry Matlen

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I was born and raised in Detroit and currently live in Birmingham, Michigan.

I received my B.S. in art at Wayne Statue University in Detroit in 1975. Following that, I spent another two years studying painting at Wayne with John Egner and Robert Wilbert. I then returned to get an MSW degree at Wayne and spent years as a psychotherapist while continuing to make art.

In 1984-85, I studied painting at The Art Student’s League in New York City, under artist Bruce Dorfman.

My work has been shown throughout the Detroit area as well as in NYC and in Ohio.

Although a painter, first, I am intrigued with Folk and Outsider Art- I am interested in exploring how art and craft collide and differentiating between the two and how art can be seen as fine art vs functional vs decorative. What is the push-pull between these?

Within this framework- in my Mosaic Objects -  is an intention to pose a story or allegory of the human condition, using repurposed materials to integrate ideas, memories and beliefs. In both my Mosaic Objects and my paintings, I explore irony through the juxtaposition of objects, contrasting humor with the serious, all while considering the impact of color, composition and texture.