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Matthew McDole

Louisville, KY

(b. 1987) Bedford, KY

Matthew McDole was raised on a farm in Bedford, Kentucky, and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an illustrator, painter, designer, and skateboarder. His work explores love, mystery, and the macabre. 

He mixes tattoo flash-art style with pop culture references, seamlessly blending deadpan humor with a modest amount of melancholy. McDole’s clean, graphic imagery expresses a kind of be-happy, life-is-meaningless attitude not too dissimilar to the philosophic theory of Absurdism popularized by the French philosopher and author Albert Camus. Followers of Absurdism accept that there is no meaning and revel in the absurdity of life, leading to a kind of joy. This sentiment closely parallels with McDole's own personal outlook.

Ultimately, however, McDole is a romantic and this feeling of insignificance is a cause for celebration and reason to enjoy life. He believes people should make the best of their situations in the brief amount of time they have. 

The imagery in his work references all manner of symbols from intimate to absurd. His designs reflect personal experiences and interests that highlight joys found in life both large and small. These things are great reminders that things aren’t always so serious, and we don’t always need to sweat the small stuff.

All works will be available for pickup and will begin to ship two weeks after the show closes

Shadow Play | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Shadow Play
$ 650.00
Body | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 600.00
El Mundo | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
El Mundo
$ 550.00
Blaze | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 500.00
True Stories | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Soda Girl | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Soda Girl
$ 500.00
Roses Are Fallin' | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Tiptoe Buckaroo | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Horses, Horses, Horses | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
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New Shoes | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
New Shoes
$ 400.00
Invincible Summer | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Someone Like You | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Harry | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Moss | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Triplets | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Maggie | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Dorothy | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Lil | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Lone | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 350.00
Mary | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 300.00
Bo | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 300.00
Sleep | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
$ 300.00
Horses, Horses, Horses Print | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole
Horses, Horses, Horses Tote Bag | {neighborhood} Matthew McDole