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Artist Matt Ballou: “…miraculous reality of being”


Ballou creating self-portrait in October.

Matt Ballou is an associate teaching professor of painting and drawing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and a friend of my daughter and son-in-law who also are teaching there. He’s also one of the most prolific artists I’ve had the privilege to know, so productive I sometimes wonder if he sleeps.

In his artist’s statement on his blog site, he confides:

I create paintings, drawings, and prints in an attempt to address – through archetypal themes and symbols – the fundamental questions, ideas, hopes, and concerns I have about being in the world.

I write texts in an attempt to integrate rational conceptions with my passionate, sometimes illogical, visual expressions.

In tandem, these avenues form a multifaceted array of investigation and inquiry that I use every day to, hopefully, understand and make sensible the miraculous reality of being.

You can experience this constant passion for “the miraculous reality of being” on his Facebook page, where he’ll constantly display new work, others’ work, a loving record of passing caring and humorous comments from his wife Alison, artistic beginnings of their two daughters, and notices of his new exhibitions around the country.

Here’s a brief selection of his creations which I particularly appreciate. You can experience a more complete vision of the artist at .





Liars (Bagged) Oil on linen on panel, 65 x 46 inches, 2007-2008





Two Bells, Acrylic on Panel, 24 inches in diameter, 2011



Reach, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 48 by 50 in., 2009



Couple, oil on panel, 9.25 x 24 inches, 2006

Roger Armbrust

Roger Armbrust's articles and columns have covered labor and management, Congressional legislation, and federal court cases, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. He formerly served as national news editor of Back Stage in New York City, where he also taught a professional writing course at New York University. His recent book of sonnets -- oh, touch me there: Love Sonnets -- is available from Amazon and other book sites. He is an associate curator of The Clyde Fitch Report. He is also co-founder and co-curator of reality: a world of views.

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