Local Artist Spotlight – Circle Cinema Gallery Exhibit
Thursday, August 20 – Friday, September 18
Behind the Cardboard Sign is a portrait series of some of Tulsa’s homeless. Each portrait is accompanied by a sign made by that individual for this exhibit or for panhandling.
“I painted these portraits in order to face some of my own feelings of guilt, responsibility and fear regarding the homeless, and in doing so I feel that I have grown less afraid and more understanding. I simply hope to give viewers the space to look upon these people as the works of art that they are.”
Each portrait is 15″ x 18″ oil on gessoed cardboard. The accompanying signs are all marker on cardboard and are of varying dimensions.
Matthew Ruyle was born in Tulsa, OK. in 1980. Matthew works primarily in oil paint, charcoal, pastel and ink. Matthew draws most of his inspiration from observing his fellow humans, which interest him to no end. Matthew attempts to make political statements through his art without telling anyone how they should think or feel. Matthew received an associates in art from TCC and studied painting at Kansas City Art Institute.