Matt Barter

Biography
MATT BARTER
Three Sternmen
reclaimed barn beams and paint
SOLD
Sternman on the right still available
MATT BARTER
Mackerel Cove II
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
MATT BARTER
Sunbathing
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
MATT BARTER
Odds and Ends
oil on board, 36 x 43 inches
$4200
MATT BARTER
Shore Birds Diving
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
MATT BARTER
Wood Island
oil on board, 24 x 36 inches
$2400
MATT BARTER
Shore Birds
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
MATT BARTER
Driftwood
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
MATT BARTER
Stacking Traps
reclaimed barn beam, wire and oil, 21 x 8 x 10 inches
$1800
MATT BARTER 
Beer Thirty
reclaimed barn beam and oil, 23 x 10 x 8 inches
$1800
MATT BARTER
Painting Floats
reclaimed barn beam, wire and acrylic, 21 x 8 x 10 inches
$1800
MATT BARTER Three Sternmen reclaimed barn beams and paint SOLD Sternman on the right still available
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MATT BARTER Mackerel Cove II oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Sunbathing oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Odds and Ends oil on board, 36 x 43 inches $4200
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MATT BARTER Shore Birds Diving oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Wood Island oil on board, 24 x 36 inches $2400
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MATT BARTER Shore Birds oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Driftwood oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Stacking Traps reclaimed barn beam, wire and oil, 21 x 8 x 10 inches $1800
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MATT BARTER Beer Thirty reclaimed barn beam and oil, 23 x 10 x 8 inches $1800
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MATT BARTER Painting Floats reclaimed barn beam, wire and acrylic, 21 x 8 x 10 inches $1800
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Matt Barter Biography

Matthew Barter (b. 1975) is a self-taught artist who paints, carves, and sculpts. His motifs pay tribute the men and women who live and work in and around Maine’s waterfronts and harbors, and the earthy beauty of the Maine landscape.

The lack of formal training gives Barter’s paintings an authentic folk-like sensibility, yet his eye for composition, shapes, and color demonstrate a sophisticated aesthetic. His work is bold and fearless.

Whether painting or carving, Bater’s focus in on a fisherman’s on-shore work—the tending to the equipment, repairing the boats, and the scrapping and painting of everything from buoys and boats to bait shacks and sheds. Barter also has a variety of quirky interest from NASA and outer space to David Bowie that contribute to his rich vocabulary.

Barter’s carved fishermen are fast becoming a signature motif. Made from reclaimed wood beam and oil paint, his rough-cut figures capture the brawn of these weathered men as they go about their chores laden with their lobster traps, hoes, buckets, and buoys.

Matt was raised in Downeast Maine. His father is the acclaimed Maine painter Philip Barter, and his Matt caught the creative “bug” early on. At an early age Matt helped his father around the studio washing the brushes and preparing the canvases. In return, Matt had the free-run of the studio. He sold his first painting at age ten, and by his teens Matt was learning the mechanics of oil painting and making his own wood reliefs. Father and son have since collaborated on several shows and wood relief projects.

Matt also worked with his father at a young age on various commercial fishing boats, lobstering, and mussel harvesting. These experiences gave Matt an ingrained affinity for Maine’s hard working people and her working waterfronts.

Matt maintains a studio in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife Rebekah and their two sons.