Southern California artist Matthew Allen is a former Surfer Magazine Art Director who has also moonlighted as a clothing designer and photographer. Much of his fine art and photography revolves around beach and surf culture. Matthew works in a variety of mediums including pen and ink, pencil, linocut prints, and watercolors. His latest work takes discarded marine canvas and sails, and repurposes them into pieces of art. Matthew began making art in high school after suffering a seizure while surfing in Hawaii. Ordered out of the water for over a year he used the down time to foster his creative gifts. Matthew's work is inspired by quiet moments at sea, the joy of surfing, the tools of the trade and the characters who enjoy the pastime. When he's not making art, or traveling the world showing his art, Matthew can be found in the water surfing, tooling around on his guitar, working with foster kids or doting on his niece and nephews.
Honors & Awards:
2019 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2019 - Art Pop up at Inspiration LA. Los Angeles 2019 - Art appears on "Man with a Plan" Super Bowl commercial 2018 - Art Pop up at West Coast Craft Winter Show, San Francisco 2018 - Art Pop up at Rengade Craft, Los Angeles 2018 - Art Pop Up at Unique Markets, Los Angeles 2018 - "Fair Winds and Following Seas" Art Show at Greenroom Gallery Hawaii 2018 - Art Pop up at West Coast Craft Summer Show, San Francisco 2018 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2018 - "Party Wave" Art Show with Jonas Claesson at Greenroom Gallery Yokohama 2018 - T-shirt Collab with Global Brand Uniqlo 2018 - Feature in Sunset Magazine for "Count Your Blessings Mural" 2017 - Featured Artist at Noosa Surf Film Festival Art Show 2017 - Feature Article "Artists in Amami" Blue Magazine 2017 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2016 - Cover Art for Greenroom Beach Culture Magazine 2016 - Feature Article Blue Magazine for Matthew Allen x Lightening Bolt Collaboration 2016 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2015 - Art Installation at Aloha Superette, Kailua, HI 2015 - "Aloha" Art Show at Greenroom Gallery, Waikiki, HI 2015 - "Aloha" Art Show at Greenroom Gallery, Haleiwa, HI 2015 - "Echoes Above The Sea" Art Show at Sawyer Land & Sea, Santa Cruz, CA 2015 - Interview and Art Show Coverage - Sandy Magazine 2015 - Interview and Portfolio - SurfCareers.com 2015 - Artist Profile "Essential Possessions" Greenroom New Beach Culture Guide 2015 - Solo Art Show Matthew Allen x Lightning Bolt x Greenroom at the Greenroom Gallery, Kamakura 2015 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2015 - Matthew Allen x Lightning Bolt Collaboration Launch Show at Ciaopanic in Tokyo, Japan 2015 - Featured Artist at The Showcase 100, The Framers Gallery London, UK 2014 - HOW Magazine "Behind The Design: Popping Type" article featuring my work for Crate and Barrel 2014 - Solo Art Show "My California" at Ron Herman, Sendagaya, Japan 2014 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2014 - Solo Art Show "Water Ways" at the Greenroom Gallery, Shibuya, Japan 2014 - Artist Profile Blue Magazine 2014 - Photo Feature Blue Magazine 2013 - Featured Artist at The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama, Japan 2013 - Featured Artist at The Waterman's Ball 2013 - Featured Artist at California Gold Art Exhibit 2013 - Artist Profile Nalu Magazine 2013 - Interview and Portfolio - Edition 29 Magazine 2013 - Artist Profile - On The Board Magazine 2013 - Artist Profile and Portfolio - TheInertia.com 2012 - Featured Artist - Blue Magazine 2011 - Artist Profile and Portfolio - Blue Magazine 2011 - Interview and Portfolio - The Magic Bus 2010 - Interview and Portfolio - BestSurfBlogs.com 2010 - Interview and Portfolio - Liquid Salt Magazine 2010 - Artist Profile and Portfolio - TheInertia.com
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Clients Include: Ford Motor Company Surfer Magazine Anaheim Ducks Pottery Barn Bon Appetit Crate And Barrel Lightning Bolt 72AndSunny Conde Naste Swell.com Clorox Red Digital Cinema Harper Collins Ron Herman The Greenroom Champion Food And Wine Magazine Harlequin Converse OnStar Love& Magazine Islands Restaurant Georgia Tech The Washingtonian Thalia Surf DDB LiveStrong Campbell - Ewald Orange Coast Magazine Pavilion Books Brine & Byway Ghost Robot The Ryde Andrew McMahon Jack's Mannequin Something Corporate Hour Detroit Magazine Mountain Hardwear Split Independent Trading Co. Workman Publishing Icebreakers Deckers Teva Jedidiah Simple Shoes Concepcion Studios The Authorites Foodland Ontario Boarding For Breast Cancer Bravado International Group Sanctuary Group Sherwood Sacred Craft Swanson Brand Image CoreShops Direct Trans Surf Uncovet Fab Tidy Palmer Cash Hotel Current First Descents PB Teen