His artwork was originally found years ago in a small local gallery close to their homes in Florida, by Page Steffens, an Independent Rep and immediately brought his works to the noted by Art Publisher & Agent David Smith, who Page had been working with for many years. “It is funny that wood has been used as a substrate for centuries, even the Mona Lisa is painted on wood, yet not one artist in all those hundreds of years thought to use the wood grain in the painting, so I knew this guy was on to something." ~ David Smith. ...
Matt Beyrer (Buy-Rah) was born November 18th 1981, in Winter Park Florida, at an early age he moved to the East Coast of Florida, and spent most of his time surfing while not in school. When in the 8th grade, he went surfing with a buddy as the waves were good that day, shortly after getting in the water, he felt a tug on his foot, thinking that it was his buddy messing with him and pulling on his leash, he quickly looked behind and saw a tail of something big splashing down into the water beneath him. Moments later a set of waves rolled through knocking him off his board and into open water. Once he finally gained control and got back on his board he noticed a lot of blood in the water and when he looked at his foot, he realized he had been bit by something. After paddling to the shore a local who was on the beach tourniquet his leg and immediately got him to a hospital. Matt then learned that he had been bit by a 7 - 8 ft Hammer Head shark and needed 198 stitches to repair the damage.
While convalescing at home for the next 8 weeks, he began watching the “Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross. Intrigued he asked his mother for a paint set so he could try to paint along with the artist. Failing horribly on his first attempts sparked a deep-seated interest to try to master this craft. The fascination of watching a man paint a really cool image in under an hour, gave him a purpose during the time while laying in bed.
The natural talent that ensued became his passion and he completed his BFA in Illustration and was quickly recognized for his ability to create an array of master crafted environments. From Realistic to fantasy portrayals, “Fantasy Realism,” Was born. Later honing in on his newest style and medium creating "Natural Expressionism." Which is currently selling out almost quicker than he can paint.
His art has been noted for its’ life-like sense of depth and detail. Matt is always pushing the boundaries based on the knowledge that success as an artist does not come without effort, persistence, and the passion to excel and go beyond the impossible.
Over the next 10 years he started mastering painting using all types of materials., Matt began using wood and noticed that wood grain looks like techniques he used to create waves and water. Studying the wood grain inspired the idea of glazing transparent and using the wood a part of the painting, his defining style has been created.
His artwork was originally found years ago in a small local gallery close to their homes in Florida, by Page Steffens, an Independent Rep and immediately brought his works to the noted by Art Publisher & Agent David Smith, who Page had been working with for many years. “It is funny that wood has been used as a substrate for centuries, even the Mona Lisa is painted on wood, yet not one artist in all those hundreds of years thought to use the wood grain in the painting, so I knew this guy was on to something." ~ David Smith. "There's no other artist in the world I would have brought to the attention of Dave Smith, Matt is the most amazing artist I have seen in my decade in the Fine Art world." ~ Page Steffens
Matts pieces are now shown world wide in galleries & auctions. His continued improvement on the designs has made his work in high demand.
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.