William Matthews: Trespassing

Nov 23, 2014–May 17, 2015

William Matthews (American, b. 1949), Hopalong Henry, 2013. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the artist. Copyright William Matthews.

William Matthews (American, b. 1949), Hard Candy, 1995. Watercolor on paper. Lent by Graeme and Norah Bretall, Ketchum, Idaho. Copyright William Matthews.

Closed: November 23, 2014–May 17, 2015
Hamilton Building - Level 2

William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.

While primarily known for his cowboy paintings, Matthews is not himself a cowboy. Instead, he is an interloper—a trespasser—viewing their world from the outside. He is not, however, a stranger to the West. Matthews is a westerner who lives and works in Denver.

An autographed exhibition poster (featuring the artwork Hard Candy) and more are available in The Shop and online.

This exhibition is organized by the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum. It is supported by donors to the Petrie Institute of Western American Art endowment, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.