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Bernard Mattox


"Usually we feel comfortable with our own tribe, it makes us nervous to go off in the woods all alone... It is commonplace among artists and children at play that they are not aware of time or solitude while they are chasing the vision. The hours will fly. The sculptor and the tree climbing tyke looks up blinking before Mama calls."

—from The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

Although there are exceptions, I have never fancied myself as one who works by direct and external observation. Hence, I use the term archaeology of excavation. Long before I lost my common sense, I was an Archaeology/Geology major at Tulane.

Art history documents over hundreds—if not thousands—of years the great scope of masterpieces by those whom I pursued a more direct, narrative or realist manner. The excavation painters share a very brief moment in modern time dating back to the early 20th century with the pure abstraction of Wassily Kandinsky and Arthur Dove. A brief list of some of the greats would include Miro, Gorky, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, and Susan Rothenberg.

It has been argued (though I will spare you here) that there are more similarities than differences between these schools. Every mark and image ever laid down on canvas has a source and origin. The same can be said for memories, dreams, thoughts, and associations. From whence it came is a good question. Please note that I stipulate to oversimplification. I left my old and much loved abode of twenty three years on the Bogue Falaya river in 2012. I am now a little farther away and deeper into the woods. All of these pieces were done here.

Solo Exhibitions

2017, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2006 - Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010, 2007, 2005 - Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
1999 - Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1993-1998 - Wyndy Morehead Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA
1993 - The Blue Door Gallery- San Antonio, TX
1990 - Gallery Simone Stern, New Orleans, LA
1989 - "Altars and Alleys", University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
1989 - "Altars and Alleys", Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

Public Collections

Ogden Southern Collection, Ogden Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art
Department of Architecture and Design, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Treme Museum, New Orleans, LA
Center for Development and Learning, Covington, LA
Lazarus House AIDS Hospice, New Orleans, LA

Honors and Awards

2004, 2003 - Best of Show Award, Five State Mixed Media Juried Exhibition
2002 - Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts
1999 - Commission, Contemporary Arts Center Silver Circle (60 sculptures)
1992 - Louisiana Artist Annual Jurors Award
1991, 1990 - AVA grant nominee
1988 - Art and Auction-Jurors Award, WYES-TV (New Orleans public television) and subject for WYES-TV program
1982 - Scholarship, Tulane University Graduate School

Selected Publications

2014 - "Between the Known and the Hidden," Inside Northside Magazine
2002 - Five-page article/interview, Red Dot Magazine
2002 - "Creative Force," Mattox at the Brunner Gallery
2001 - Interview, Studio Potter Magazine
2001 - "Mattox Shapes His Cityscapes," New Orleans Times-Picayune
1999 - "The Spirit of Diagilev - Multi-media Collaboration," CAC, New Orleans
1999 - "Art as Symbol," New Orleans Times-Picayune
1997 - "Report From New Orleans," Art in America (April)
1996 - "100 Years of Newcomb Ceramics," New Orleans Museum of Art
1995 - "Mythoscapiae - The Art of Bernard Mattox," The Times of Acadiana
1993 - "The Electronic Age and the Cyclops Kitchen," New Orleans Art Review
1993 - "Mattox: Modern Art, Ancient Twist," New Orleans Times-Picayune
1992, 1988 - Interiew, WWNO-FM, New Orleans
1997 - Louisiana Major Works Catalogue, CAC, New Orleans

Professional Experience

1991-2006 - Instructor, Children's Sculpture Workshops, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA
1990-1992 - Assistant Professor of Art, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
1986-1989 - Assistant Professor of Art, Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1982-1984 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship,Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


1984 - MFA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1982 - BFA, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
1976 - Apprenticeship, Big Creek Pottery School, Davenport, CA
1972-1974 - Anthropology undergraduate, Tulane University, New Orleans

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