matthew feyld has instantly become one of my favorite artists of late. his drawings and paintings are whimsical and colorful, yet have a sort of bittersweet under tone, which always appeals to me. his images remind me of this book that was read to me as a child, but for the life of me i cannot place the name or anything really other than that the main character was a sad boy w/ a pointed head who lived in the woods. i googled it and everything; pointed head, sad, children's book. nothing.
feyld's characters are men w/ bulbous heads (w/ beards, i'm a big fan of the beard), bears, rabbits, and birds. they are usually carrying sticks or swords. prancing or running in tights w/ little booties, usually red. his attention to detail is what i really like. there is so much fine detail around the actual faces of the characters, each exhibiting really subtle expressions of hope or sadness. many of his subjects have colorful tears running down their cheeks, little crosses on their foreheads, lots of detail around the eyes, rays shooting from the booties. you can see the care and hard work in each and every piece.
so far this is what i have found on him as in terms of his bio...
"Matthew Feyld, Saskatoon-based artist, is a lad who grew up with a birth defect that made his head swell unbelievably. This happened at the worst times possible: during show and tell, at the science fair, on his first date... It happened from stress. He found that keeping calm helped his head stay normal and drawing, painting, scribbling was his cure. His work is almost voodoo to keep his swollen head from reappearing. It recreates his greatest fears: beady eyed monsters with giant balloon heads fighting off the world in tights."
so cute. funnily enough it just reminds me more of that children's book i cannot seem to remember.
although unemployed, i am saving for a piece of his. yep. i'll subsist on beans alone if i have to.