Matthew Rucker
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Matthew Rucker is a colorblind painter based in Minnesota. Painting is a way for me to go to a place that existed only in my dreams when I was young. This place was quiet, clean and simple. Most importantly to me, in spite of my colorblindness, I could see everything in bright and vivid color. My paintings are snapshots of this place.
Painting is a way for me to learn about myself; particularly, the things that I hide from my conscious self. Through this process, I capture what is most familiar to me: duality, contradiction and ambivalence.
My life is a ride on a pendulum, swinging between polar opposites. I simultaneously stand on two opposing sides, struggling together at the same moment. It is this moment of black and white, pleasure and pain, human and nature, that I know best and that I paint most.
I use pure and saturated colors in my paintings for a very simple reason, I’m colorblind. I can see approximately 1% of the colors a person with normal color vision can see. I can’t see or match color the way most people can. I therefore have to mix a palette in a way that differs greatly from the average artist, and (when I don’t have help) paint without knowing how accurate my colors are. This isn’t necessarily a handicap. In fact, I think it adds a lot of versatility, originality and a unique cleanness to my paintings.

(Norwegian for Snow Walker)
20"x30", oil on canvas

(Cottontail Rabbit)
20"x16", oil on canvas

(White Tailed Deer)
12"x18", oil on canvas

(Snowy Owl)
22"x16", oil on canvas

(Red Fox)
17"x34", oil on canvas

16"x12", oil on canvas

16"x24", oil on canvas

20"x16", oil on canvas

(Purple Striped Jellyfish)
48"x18", oil on canvas
(CA Two Spot Octopus)
42"x18", oil on canvas

Humpback Whale
11"x14", oil on canvas