William Matthews Biography
William Matthews was born in 1949 in New York City. He grew up in the Bay area. Matthews career began in Los Angeles as a graphics artist designing album covers for Warner Bros., and Capital Records.
The published monograph Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews features a decade of the artist’s work devoted to the subject of the working cowboys from the grand ranches of the American West. Forbes and FYI magazine hailed him as the new Remington of American painting. Other areas of study are included in the following Exhibition catalogs: Fast Horses, Ireland, Heart Land, China, The Blue Nile, and Sketches of Spain.
Between 1975 and 1980, he traveled throughout Spain, North Africa, Egypt and Great Britain in search of subject matters for paintings.
1999 Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century, Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam, The Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, The Painting Institute, Shanghai, China, The Singapore Museum of Art, Singapore. Traveling Exhibition through Summer 2000.
1998 Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, New York
1996 Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, Traveling Exhibit
1995 - 1996 Covering the West: The Best of Southwest Art Magazine, Traveling Exhibit; National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, Museum of the Horse, Ruidoso, New Mexico, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1994 William Matthews: Cowboys & Images, American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum, Amarillo, Texas
2001 Four Illustrations for the play, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Limited Edition book
published by Arion Press, San Francisco, California.
SELECTED DESIGN COMMISSIONS & WARNER WESTERN RECORDS COMMISSIONS
1997 Waddie Mitchell; Live, Scott O’Malley & Associates, Colorado Springs, Colorado (original artwork for Compact Disc cover)
Gary McMahan, Poems and Yodels, Horse Apple Records, Bellvue, Colorado (original artwork for cassette cover)
1997 Wild Horse Handling with Bryan Neubert, B&P Neubert Enterprises, Alturas, California (original artwork for video cassette cover)
1996 Christmas in the West, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
1995 Sagebrush Symphony, Michael Martin Murphey, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Rocky Grass, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Colorado
Born to this Land, Red Steagall, Warner Western Records
1994 The Bronze Buckaroo, Herb Jeffries, Warner Western Records, Nashville, TN
America’s Horses, Michael Martin Murphey, Warner Western Records, Nashville, TN 1993
Buckaroo Poet, Waddie Mitchell, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Warner Western Sampler, Vol. 2, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Wind in the Wire, Randy Travis, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Rhymes of the Renegades, Michael Martin Murphey, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Songs of the Silver Screen, Sons of the San Joaquin, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
A Cowboy has to Sing, Sons of the San Joaquin, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
The Red Road, Bill Miller, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Tennessee
1992 Goin Back to Texas, Don Edwards, Warner Western Records
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Aspen, Colorado
Napa Valley Heritage Fund, Napa Valley, California
National Western Headquarters, Denver, Colorado
Western Folklife Center, Elko, Nevada
Gilman Paper Company, New York, New York
Tiger Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
Equitable Bankshares, Denver, Colorado
Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado