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Matt Tumlinson

 

Matt Tumlinson was the result of a childhood spent reading Calvin and Hobbes and listening to a lot of Willie Nelson on long road trips. He is an 8th generation Texan, born in San Antonio and raised in the thriving metropolis of Early, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in History from Texas Tech University. A self-taught artist and naturally gifted, Tumlinson constantly practiced his skills with whatever medium happened to be handy. It was only after a sojourn on Nantucket island did he begin to pursue his artwork fulltime. His pieces are a direct reflection of his Texas upbringing, historical sentiment, and an artistic eye. His latest project features "Bullet Canvas". Each piece is composed of almost six thousand spent .40 caliber pistol cartridges. Each casing must be positioned and secured before the final image is painted on the base. The idea to create artwork from used bullet casings was the result of few summers spent working at his uncle's gun range in South Texas. The topic of firearms elicits much debate in our society and the idea that a small piece of metal is capable of invoking such a deep emotion is very intriguing to the artist. A spent casing is the punctuation of a whole story preceding it. He pairs these casings with images that have a very symbolic nature. These images are capable of encompassing a whole idea, frame of time, way of life and a story that would take up volumes to express in writing.

 

 

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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