I picked up my latest art acquisition yesterday evening and I’m over the moon about it.
The piece is called The Light Miners and it’s by a local artist that I discovered many years ago during my first St. Paul art crawl. His name is Matthew Rucker and I think he’s absolutely brilliant.
He also does slam poetry and evidently his team wins national slam poetry contests. Ask Kyle about that.
Matthew the painter does Dali-esque pieces, surreal things like Magritte, humorous realism, and now has started doing Caravaggio inspired chiaroscuro type work.
If you visit the link I provided, you can see many examples of his work.
Anyway, I’ve always been drawn to Matthew’s work and made a point to visit and chat with him every art crawl.
I saw him again this past crawl (2 weeks ago) and we spoke in depth. I professed my love for The Light Miners again (as I have for a couple years) and I mentioned about how I couldn’t believe it was still available.
I love the colors, the light & long shadows, the workmen struggling to wrangle the last of the sunlight into a crate…
It’s whimsical, a bit melancholy, and beautiful.
He’s getting to be quite a popular artist, and much of his work has sold. Including many pieces I had looked at, loved, yet passed up. But not this one– it’s been there on the wall since my first art crawl.
He said it’s really odd. Sometimes pieces he paints sell instantly, and then sometimes he has what he considers iconic pieces that just… Don’t. The Light Miners was one of the latter.
Then we discussed his new work and the fact that he was soon going to be preparing for a one man show. To be displayed in a prominent gallery in Park City. During the Sundance Film Festival.
I looked around his studio and at his newest work (Caravaggio inspired) and realized that his art was soon going to be well out of my price range.
It was now or never. But The Light Miners is a large work (52″x36″). And not inexpensive. Could I? Should I?
And then Matthew took me aside and whispered to me that he world work with me on the price. Because it was important to him that his pieces go to people who truly appreciate them. He likes to make sure his creations go to a good home.
And now The Light Miners is gracing a wall in my home.