I’m  trying  to  approach  the  work  as  a  tradesman  approaches  his job,  in  a  very  ordinary  way,  with  a  watchful  attention  and  a certain confidence that  comes  from  experience  while  at  the  same time searching  for  something  new.

-Matthew Dibble


Matthew Dibble’s large-scale abstract work has evolved over the thirty years of dedicated energy he has unleashed onto his canvases.   In the spirit of the Abstract Expressionists, Dibble is an experiential and experimental painter, and his decades as a roofer before fully dedicating his career to artmaking have shaped his style and his approach.  Each stage of his work reflects that of an expert tradesman. There is an active athleticism in the dynamic surfaces of his pieces.   In the realm of both materials and method, glimpses of a dual life as a painter and a craftsman are inevitably intertwined.  There is activity and buzz in Dibble’s work – the twists and turns and groupings of geometric and organic shapes in the paintings pulsate through his multi-figural compositions with an increasing complexity, and the language of painting and drawing come together with seamless integration.


Trained at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Dibble has exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, Los Angeles, across the Midwest and in the Carolinas.  His work can be found in private and corporate collections, including the Hilton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.