Looking at a Matthew Daub landscape is to see facts but experience mystery.
Working in watercolor and conte crayon, Matthew Daub's exacting documentation of the details of a countryside, a road, a town, combine into narratives not meant to merely explain what is there but to make us wonder what is beyond: who lives in that house? Who walks down that road? Who works in that garage? Who built it? Though Matthew Daub's images rarely include people, the effects of human habitation are everywhere. His countrysides are not pure nature; they share life with a bridge, a road sign, a gas station or barn. Matthew Daub's insistence on these human constructions proclaims his affinity with them, declaring his personal presence in the landscape of rural Pennsylvania, where he has lived for many years.
Matthew Daub began painting as a child. He was encouraged to paint by his parents, especially his mother, who had been a commercial illustrator. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at Southern Illinois University, with additional training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Admired as a premier watercolorist and draftsman since his first museum exhibition in 1983 at Indiana's Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Matthew Daub's watercolors are as finely wrought as drawings. He often works in large scale, an unorthodox format for watercolor. The resulting imagery is rich in detail, tonality, and depth, whether in color or monochromatic panoramas using the full tonal range from black through grays to white.
His conte crayon drawings share this richness. The medium's inherent capacity for deep blacks and subtle tonal gradation allows Matthew Daub to evoke atmosphere, the presence of air itself.
Matthew Daub has been honored with exhibitions in venues across the country. He has been featured in major publications including the New York Art Review, the Art Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, American Artist, Who's Who in American Art and others. His work is actively collected by individuals and institutions, and is represented in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, the corporate collections of Chemical Bank, Southwestern Bell, the Prudential Insurance Company and many others. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, including a grant from the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation.
In addition to his practice as an artist, Matthew Daub is a Professor of Fine Art at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
References: Matthew Daub - Kempton: Works on Paper 2009 - 2011. ACA Galleries, New York, 2011. Matthew Daub - In the Shadow of Industry: Watercolors and Drawings of Eastern Pennsylvania. Reading Public Museum, PA, 2000.