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Matthew T. Burton
Surf City, NJ
Sculpture, Mixed Media

Artwork Details
Green Sake Set

"The new 'Where’s the Love' series is a culmination of several things that have had a major impact on my life in the last two years. Two of those things include my children and politics. In 2008 as I was working in the studio and listening to NPR and election coverage- it seemed to me American politics has entered a new era. The name calling, childish antics and the outright meanness in some politicians and political pundit rhetoric, I found to be absolutely appalling. Hate and fear has become main stream fodder on most news media outlets and a way to manipulate voters. I have three children ages are 6, 4 and 2. My oldest, Grace, is in first grade. Since pre-school she has brought home many drawings and they hang on our walls. To see her blobs turn into circles with dots and then turn into heads with bodies over the past few years has been amazing process to watch.  Grace obviously is not aware of the “hate” that comes from our representatives. Her drawings are a welcome respite. They are affectionate and full of unconditional love. The heart heads in my pottery come from my daughter. The faces are caricatures of politicians, me, you- whoever they might remind you of or how you are feeling that day.  I want the viewer to consider two points of view-enough with the hate and let us have a little fun."


Matt was born in Summit, and raised in Chatham, New Jersey. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, from Roanoke College with a concentration in ceramics, painting, and art history and 2 Masters of Arts Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University; ceramics major and painting minor and ceramic sculpture. He's taught at The Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Ocean County College and Rowan University. Currently, Matt lives with his wife, Krista, and three children, Grace, Claire and Ellis, in Manahawkin. Matt continues to be an adjunct professor at Ocean County College and teaches pottery classes at his 19th Street Clay Studio, which features contemporary ceramic sculpture, pottery, painting, photography, prints and drawing, pottery lessons and a outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery is also the host for the annual Jersey Shore Clay National juried ceramic competition. He occasionally teaches ceramic workshops at universities and clay studios as a visiting instructor. He is still director/owner of the m.t.burton gallery & 19th Street Clay Studio, curates and organizes group exhibitions and exhibits his own art nationally.


Mr. Burton's work is currently on display in "Top That! Contemporary Wedding Cake Toppers" at m.t.burton gallery in Surf City, NJ.