Creative Quarantine: Artist Matthew Dennison

Tapir | © Matthew Dennison

1. How are you holding up?

I am holding up pretty good.   I’ve been working on new paintings and carvings.  I show at Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon in July.  The show will be online and by appointment only due to the Covid 19. [The gallery website is] I draw every day 

Rabbit | © Matthew Dennison

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way

Covid 19 has made me realize how important it is to continue to create at a time that has shut down most everything including culture…It is so important to keep our daily rituals of creativity.  We must keep defining and redefining how we see the world. Through observations and thought we judge how the content of these times affects us and perhaps how the art one creates listens to the world.

Giraffe | © Matthew Dennison

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

I would say it is an affirmation to keep the daily rituals of drawing and creating every day… That time is precious and to listen even more to the world around us. 

Wood Carvings | © Matthew Dennison

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I think of the artists I follow who are handling this well. I would say…The Froelick Gallery. As many galleries have they are moving forward and continue to show work online and by appointment. Despite the difficulties we all face.  Keeping art alive…as you are doing online.

Matthew Dennison is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. Matthew’s work resides in a vast number of public and private collections, including The Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Michigan, Wellington Management Co., Singapore, Tokyo, London, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Seattle WA, EPIQ Systems, Inc. Kansas City, Kansas, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR. He’s represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, and will also have a show at The Dime in Chicago in 2021. He draws every day.

His work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.