Self-taught artist Nic Mathis has been drawing his entire life and is known to always carry a sketchbook. In his adolescent years, he found his way through graffiti and street art. Immersed in skateboard and street culture, Mathis’ process was influenced by the multi-layered surfaces of his surroundings. His most recent paintings, based on drawings he made for his two daughters, display colorful, monster-like imaginary characters as subjects.
Nic Mathis was born in Dallas, Texas in 1979. He worked as a licensed electrician and design fabricator for Paul Rudolph’s lighting concept in New York. After moving back to Dallas, Mathis was a co-founding member of the collaboration focused art collective, Artbeef, and its accompanying project space, Beefhaus (which has since concluded programming). His first solo exhibition was in 2013 at Eyeheart Gallery in New York City, and he has shown with Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas since 2016. He has also participated in artist-led education and outreach events hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center, and his work has been featured in publications such as Glasstire and the Dallas Morning News. Mathis currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.
Courtesy of Erin Cluley Gallery