After graduating in 1977 from the University of North Carolina, Matthew began his art career at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Thirty six years later, Matthew continues to create works that touch the soul and relax the mind. His use of bold lines and imaginative colors have contributed to an unmistakable style that are enjoyed both domestically and internationally. In his Torpedo Factory studio, Matthew continues to paint with passion and individuality in full view of the public and he shows no signs of slowing down.
News USA Feature Article September 4th 2012 – Picture Perfect Home – Decorating Tips From a Pro
Decorating can be one of the most exciting times during your experience as a homeowner. Not only are you creating the essence of your home, you are also adding your very own personal touch and style. One of the easiest ways to add unique spice to an ordinarily drab room – incorporate exceptional artwork. “Many of my clients are simply amazed at how effective a colorful painting can be at bringing new life to a room that has become tired,” says Matthew Johnston, an artist known for his vibrant Tall Tulips paintings (www.talltulips.com). However, as easy as it sounds, purchasing and hanging a painting on the center of the wall isn’t going to cut it in most cases. Johnston offers his advice to ensure your next painting purchases work with your room rather than against it:
Large High-Traffic Rooms. For family rooms, living rooms and rooms off the kitchen, Johnston recommends figurative diptych paintings to create a story within each area. Diptych paintings consists of two separate panels that hang together and work as one. “In my figurative diptych paintings, each figure has their own physical space, yet they are a couple,” says Johnston.” The face is cropped and viewers can imagine themselves as being in the painting. The viewer has to look to other parts of the painting to imagine a story … each individual person can create a different story for the painting.” Matthew Johnston with his Tall Tulips® (left) and Figurative Diptychs (right).
Awkward Wall Spaces. For stairways, long hallways and between windows, Johnston recommends using a tall, narrow painting, like his Tall Tulips®. “They are perfect for hanging up a staircase,” says Johnston. “You can hang the tall tulips Tall Tulips® at different heights following the risers up the stairs; a great look for a difficult space.” This style of painting also works well because they are bright and don’t require ideal lighting.
Focal Wall Areas. Spaces like the area over a fireplace will get a lot of attention from passersby. Hanging your prized piece is the perfect step for these spots. “Many of my clients choose my large floral paintings,” says Johnston. “Oftentimes, they will hang these on a wall which faces the front door … to make an impression when first walking in the home.