This is a drawing I did for the Pure Drawing Exhibition at Space Junk Art Center, in Bayonne France. The exhibition will travel through four gallery locations throughout France from September to March of next year. The piece is about watching and being watched.
The full size version has a lot of detail, check it out Here.
This piece was a reaction to the killing of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya during the assault on the US's embassy this past week. The letters spoke of him as an idealistic hard working proponent of peace in the region, and points out Governor Romney's attempt to use Stevens death for His own political gain. Larger version Here
This coming February I'll be having a solo show at the Galerie L'oeil Prince, in Paris. I can't show any of the finished paintings yet, but here is a little preview from my sketches. This should give you the idea of the themes, the overall mood, and where the final painting will be headed. The show opens the 15th. Check the gallery and schedule here: Galerie L'oeil Du Prince
I was lucky to be invited by Marc Scheff to contribute to his project 52 Shades of Greed,a deck of 52 playing cards illustrating the ins' and outs' of of the financial crisis. My illustrations are of Stan O'Neal, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch; and of the controversial financial tool, credit default swaps.
Here is the official press release by Marc:
52 Shades of Greed is not your average deck of cards. It’s way hotter than that.
Brought to you by a team of professional illustrators and the Alt Banking group at Occupy Wall Street, 52 Shades of Greed is a deck of playing cards bearing illustrations of the people and financial institutions whose lust for money took the rest of us for a steamy car ride toward economic collapse. Ever seen Dick Fuld or the infamous Kathryn Wylde at work? These cards hold nothing back, depicting even those awkward financial instruments you can’t believe anyone invented. Ever heard of a Collateralized Debt Obligation? Well...if you've never ended up on the side of town where these are bought and sold, this deck will provide a picture. An actual picture, drawn by a pro.
Everyone will be talking about the 52 Shades of Greed because we all wanna know who screwed us and how they did it. And we want pictures. The cards will direct the curious to a website to get the dirty details on each Shade of Greed.
We believe that educating people is the first step towards turning that steamy car ride around. We need to know what's going on before we can stop it.
The money we raise will pay for the production of the cards, including a stipend for each artist. Our plan is to print 1000 decks and distribute them at S17, the anniversary of the September 17th Day of Action. Everyone fueling the project with at least a $25 contribution will get a deck. We would like to raise enough to enable us to stage events related to art and financial education.
Matt Rota is an illustrator based in New York and an instructor at institutions that include the School of Visual Art, and The Maryland Institute College of Art. His clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, Nylon Guys, The Utne Reader, LA Weekly, Russian Esquire, He has received recognition and awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and Lurzer’s Int’l Archive.