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Drawing: Graphite, Pencil, Black & White on Cardboard, Paper.
Hammered Hands - 5 in series of 12
Matt's Uncle Darryl was the subject of this drawing. A cabinetmaker by trade and has broken his fingers/hands on countless time playing football. Also a surfer and an inspiring figure in Matt's life. Matt thought he would capture such ruggedness of hands that have seen better days
Matt wanted to get away from the airbrush for a while as he has been burnt out from it from too much demand for his work especially in training and street murals.
He has Embarked on a series of 12 hyper realistic pencil sketches. Wanting to concentrate more on the detail of highly reflective surfaces as they tend to relate well in a black and white monochromatic shade scheme. Matt has also set the scene to capture in focus points on the subjects that blur out creating a three dimensional affect and wider use of techniques in the piece.
Matt Jonas was voted the #1 airbrush artist and signwriter in Australia. From the age of 8, Matt’s grandfather taught him how to write with a calligraphy pen as Lionel Jonas was also a signwriter who taught Matt’s teacher at trade school also. Matt may of had a certain amount of “god given” talent, but it has taken a journey of 25 yrs thus far to fine tune and persist with bettering his skills to develop the hyper realism you see today. It’s true “anyone can be an artist” but very few become highly skilled like Matt and even fewer appreciate what it takes to grind their way to the top.
You're not “just buying art” when you purchase from Matt. Your buying a masterpiece from which qualities in such fields have been pasted down from masters in their field and in the DNA. Every piece of Matt’s works will transcend time and history that this cheap pop culture trying to destroy.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection