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who is matt goad?

Oklahoma artist Matt Goad began his art career while working as a graphic designer and illustrator in the mid 90s. Woodblock printing and it’s hard edged graphic aesthetic helped inform Goad’s modern style which he would take into the realm of paintings in the mid 2000s. Passionate about color and composition his modern linear approach utilizes interlocking identifiable symbols and shapes in a compositional flow that pulls the viewer through a narrative. Whimsical, geometric, simple and complex, Goad’s work is easily accessible to the public and enjoyed by many, young and old, and across cultural identities.

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“Since I was two years old, I knew that one day I would be an artist. Growing up the son of a preacher our family moved across the US, almost yearly, eventually landing in the desert southwest. This experience gave me a unique perspective of the diverse nature and cultures of America. My main set of friends however were ones I created in my drawing notebooks. With an encouraging family and some notable teachers my love of creating art developed into a passion. Commercial graphic design was a stepping stone but a valuable one in that it helped me hone in on the graphic bold style I would carry into my illustration and eventually my fine art. I am a lover of nature, history, music, and great stories and I try to incorporate elements of these to varying degrees into each piece I create.” 

–Matt Goad, 2019

Goad’s current home and studio are in Oklahoma City where he is dad to two dogs and in a musical group, Hollow Ghosts, with whom he writes and records original songs.

Current & Future Exhibitions

“Pop Art Surrealism”
March-April 2008
Oklahoma Contemporary: Oklahoma City, OK

“Funk the Funk”
August 2009
Line Gallery: Oklahoma City, OK

“Nature. Geometry. Love.”
October 2011
Dwelling Spaces, Tulsa OK

“Frequency Tests.”
August 2013
Dwelling Spaces / The Womb: Oklahoma City, OK

“Tread Lightly”
July 2013
OC University: Oklahoma City, OK

“Monkey Do.”
January 2014
Myriad Gardens Gallery: Oklahoma City, OK

“Outside the Lines, Too”
Coloring Book Release Party

October 3, 2015
MOCA: Los Angeles, CA

“Urban Dwellers”
November 2016
Dual opening with Christie Owen
Verbode: Oklahoma City, OK

“ArtNow”
January 2017
Oklahoma Contemporary: Oklahoma City, OK

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This is Matt Goad – Podcast from This Is Oklahoma

November 6, 2019

On this episode I sat down with artist Matt Goad. He began is art career in graphic design and illustration in the mid 90 to early 90’s. Woodblock printing and it’s hard edged graphic aesthetic helped inform Goad’s modern style which he would take into the realm of paintings in the mid 2000s. Passionate about color and composition his modern linear approach utilizes interlocking identifiable symbols and shapes in a compositional flow that pulls the viewer through a narrative. Whimsical, geometric, simple and complex, Goad’s work is easily accessible to the public and enjoyed by many, young and old, and across cultural identities.

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