Oil, oil stick, flashe paint, acrylic and collage

Big Sun

This piece shows a vague rendition of a landscape and a large sun. The painting was worked on the floor and the wall, and paint was continuously scraped off and put back on. The painting was eventually cut out of the stretcher bars and hangs freely on the wall.


Matt Higgins

Matt Higgins is an artist and art professor based in Philadelphia, Pa. He earned his BFA from West Chester University and his MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Before switching to painting he studied graphic design for the majority of his undergraduate career. These foundation skills in graphic design still fuel a lot his creative work today but for him, are better translated to paint instead of on the computer screen. Along with his studio practice he teaches drawing and design courses at a number of institutions including Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and Delaware County Community College. Teaching continually reinforces the work he does in his studio and fulfills his desire to give back to the next generation of up and coming artists and designers.

Matt Higgins

describes their creative process

My process is still somewhat of a mystery to me. I make a lot of work, both small and large paintings, but I tend to take the large paintings more seriously and feel more invested in them. I try and be as open minded as possible during the creation but eventually decisions have to be made and you have to move on. Starting with the circle has been helpful and I usually go from there. I often times attach strips of canvas or some sort of studio "debri" onto the paintings to disrupt my own mark making and thinking. I don't like to waste materials so a lot of it comes from an ethical approach to art making which can be a very wasteful practice unfortunately but this helps me reconcile some of these issues.