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Regiane Yuki Sabanai Presents
Illustrator Matte Stephans
I am a painter that lives in Portland, Oregon.

I love Mid 20th century industrial and graphic design like the work of Charles and Ray
Eames , Alexander Girard, George Nelson/Irving Harper and fine artists of the same era
like Ben Shahn and Paul Klee- my influences.
All of my illustrations are made with gouache. I am not sure that there is a better life than being
a painter and a maker of stuff.

I really love to paint. I think if you never give up on something it will work for you in the end
because you learn so much in the process of getting to where you’re going. I live to paint.
Every second of my day is surrounded by it and has been for as far back as I can remember.

Matte Stephens, a professional artist of 10 years, draws inspiration from 1940's and 1950's
jazz, modern design, and old movies. Matte has had numerous one person shows and has
been part of several group shows in the Southeast
Cat Family
Hamburg Germany
Charlie Bird
Irving Ponders The Nature Of Conciousness
Late Fall
Family Portrait
San Fran Cisco
Self Portrait Caffeinated
New Orleans
Mardi Gras
Birds and cats, foxes and people are a main
interest of Matte's at this time. He has owls that live
in his back yard and he visits rehabilitated owls and
other birds at a local nature preserve.
He use gouache on illustration board and plywood.
It’s the best medium he has found for what he do
and works on sculptures of some of the characters
in my paintings.
I shot an arrow into the air, they fell to earth in Berkeley Square