Passionate paintings of Matt Sesow

Matt Sesow

1966 —
Washington , DC
Painting (oil or water-based)

At the age of eight, Matt Sesow’s life was altered by a traumatic accident near his rural Nebraska home. While he was playing at a nearby airfield, a plane hit Sesow and severed his dominant left arm, forcing him to become right-handed. The physical and emotional legacy of his childhood injury is seen in his highly charged artwork. After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer software engineering, he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a software engineer. In 1993, Matt began to paint in oils on weekends and evenings, eventually quitting his job to become a full-time artist. He aggressively “punches” paint into the canvas, paper, or cardboard surfaces, expressing his anger, confusion, and loneliness.

(Photos © Copyright 2006-2013 Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved)


Bibliography & Links:

“Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Folk Art Environments Coast to Coast, Art and Photographs from the Collection of Kelly Ludwig” by Kelly Ludwig, Kansas City Star Books, 2007.

“American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies” by Florence Laffal and Julius Laffal, 2003.

“Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art—A guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources” by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson, McFarland & Company, 2000.

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