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Matthew Amey

-- Artist --

As an artist from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I have been creating artwork for over 30 years and tattooing since 1991. When not using a tattoo machine, I create works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, digital design, various sculptural mediums and photography. Much of my work, including my custom jewelry, is available at our family cooperative, Wooden Octopus, in Berlin, Maryland. I continue to experiment with new concepts, materials, and techniques while focusing on unique, custom pieces that will be available in the gallery.

Being part owner of both Independent Tattoo in Delaware keeps me busy. I am consistently working either on paper, canvas or skin and I continually strive to incorporate modern advancements in technology into much of my work.

I have published a few art book and my work has been featured in a number of other PUBLISHED WORKS.

Experience

WOODEN OCTOPUS, RESIDENT ARTIST : OCT. 2016 - PRESENT

Independent Tattoo Inc. , Co-owner/Artist : Feb. 1997 - Present

Education

BFA - University of Delaware 2012

Research fellow - 2011

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • Paint Berlin - Plein Air Competition 2017
  • Group Show - Art of Ink : Ocean City Center for the Arts June 2- June 24, 2017
  • Paint Berlin - Plein Air Competition 2016
  • Paint Berlin - Plein Air Competition 2015
  • Group Show - Adorned: Body + Art : Oxford Arts Alliance Feb 6 - Feb 27, 2015
  • Solo show at Tony Weeg gallery/photography studio, Salisbury, MD - July 18, 2014
  • Solo show at the Berlin Coffee House - Dec 2013 to Feb 2014
  • Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013
  • Paint Berlin - Plein Air Competition 2013
  • Artists Paint OC Plein Air Competition - Art League of Ocean City MD
  • Art and History of the Tattoo 2013 - Art Institute and Gallery
  • Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2012
  • Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2011
  • 2011 Summer Research Fellow Art Show - University of Delaware
  • Punk Rock Fish Gallery - Solo Show - Ocean City MD
  • Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried Art Show 2011 - University of Delaware
  • 'Wanderlust' Spring 2010 - Ocean City MD - curator and participant: a group show of artists and photographers inspired by travel.
  • Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried Art Show 2010 - University of Delaware
  • Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition 2009 - University of Delaware
  • 70th Annual Members' Fine Art Exhibition - Rehoboth Art League 2008

AWARDS

  • 2nd Place - Men's Fashion Design Contest : Pinshape.com 2015
  • Art Institute and Gallery - Form, Integrity and Expressive Power award - Art and History of Tattoo 2013
  • Art Institute and Gallery - Best in Show - Portrait and Figure show 2013
  • Uncommon Goods - winner of the Wall Art Challenge 2012
  • Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried Art Show 2012 - Honorable Mention - University of Delaware
  • Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed - Juried Art Show 2010 - Painting Award - University of Delaware
  • Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition 2009 - Illustration award - University of Delaware
  • Taiwan International Tattoo Convention - 2008
    Best Tattoo of the day
  • Philly Tattoo Arts Convention - 2006
    1st place overall male
  • 2nd International London Tattoo Convention Oct. 6-7-8 2006
    Certificate of participation
  • 1st International London Tattoo Convention - 2005
    Certificate of participation
  • NYC Tattoo Convention - 2005
    3rd place best overall tattooed person
  • Philly Tattoo Arts Convention - 2004
    1st place best color back piece
    Forged in Ink - 2003
    3rd Place best sleeve (arm or leg) male
  • 1st Annual Washington DC Tattoo Expo - 2002
    Top three artists choice – Best Color Small
  • 2nd Annual Tattoo Contest - 2002
    Sponsored by Vertigo Tattoo & the Pit
    Best overall
  • 5th Annual NYC Tattoo Convention - 2002
    2nd place best color
  • Tattoo the Earth - 2002
    Oakland, CA
    2nd place overall male
  • Massachusetts Tattoo Festival - 2001
    1sr place Best Overall Male
  • Cleveland Rocks Tattoo Show - 2001
    Most Covered
    1 st place Best Male Color
  • 3rd Annual Obbey’s Tattoo Convention - 2001
    1 st place Best Sleeve
    1 st place Best Back Piece
    2 nd best Best Portrait
  • 4th Annual NYC Tattoo Convention - 2001
    3rd place best overall tattooed person
  • 8th Annual Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival - 2000
    1st place best sleeve
    2nd place large tattoo
  • 3rd Annual NYC Tattoo Convention - 2000
    2nd place best color tattoo
  • Generation XPO - 1999
    1st Best back piece
    1st best sleeve
    1st best portrait
  • 10th Annual Tattoo Convention Berlin - 1999
    2nd place most realistic tattoo
  • The New Extreme Millenium 2000 Tattoo Extravaganza - 1999
    Best tattoo sleeve
    Best of show
  • Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival - 1998
    1st place best black & gray
    1st place large tattoo
    2nd place best sleeve
  • Forged in Ink - 1998
    1st place best black & gray male large
  • Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival November - 1997
    1st place best black & white tattoo
  • Mardi Gras Tattoo Convention - 1997
    New Orleans Louisiana
    1st place color back piece male
  • Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival - 1996
    2nd place best sleeve
    1st place most realistic