Matthew Scofield, born and raised in upstate New York, began drawing at an early age. Growing up in close proximity to New York City, he was captivated by the vibrant subway graffiti he would see on trips there. Eager to emulate the raw styles of this art form, his passion to express himself grew. Influenced also by his love for architectural design, he refined his style into the clean, three dimensional sculpted form. In 1998, he relocated to Raleigh and quickly immersed himself in the budding scene. He has numerous commissioned pieces with the North Carolina Museum of Art as well as murals for businesses and offices in North Carolina and New York. He has been involved with Sparkcon since the inception of Graf-spark and his gallery exibitions have included “Window-Down” and “Gallery Nomads” with the Visual Art Exchange. He has recently moved his studio to The Bonded Llama where he continues to be inspired.
I begin my work with a thought. How can I manipulate letter structure to the furthest degree and still keep it semi-readable? From these thoughts come a sketch were I begin to mold, shape and build these letters into three dimensional form. Once I am pleased with how it looks, I apply it to the surface using mostly spray paint. After the word is shaded and shadowed to create depth I begin working on back round elements, if I feel that they are necessary. When I am finished with a piece, it should look as though it exists in the physical world we all live in….most don’t realize it’s all just words.