The Studio Project: Matthew G. Beall

A Studio in Ulm, Germany.

I am an American living in Germany. My studio is on the second floor of my apartment building. I got this space, which I turned into a studio, about five years ago. Neighbors told me they were moving, so I immediately jumped on it. I needed more room because I simply outgrew the very small space I had been using for years. You can never have enough space, right? Yet, the more space you have, the more stuff you seem to collect. It’s a catch-22 for me. I happen to be the biggest collector of Matthew G. Beall paintings.

Matthew G. Beall, Self-Portrait, March 1, 2014

The studio of Matthew G. Beall

The studio of Matthew G. Beall

The studio of Matthew G. Beall

The studio of Matthew G. Beall

Matthew G. Beall, Art Grey 2, 2014. Acrylic on paper, 39 x 36 cm.

Matthew G. Beall, Architectonic Curves, 2014. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 cm.

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The Studio Project: Matthew G. Beall
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The Studio Project: Matthew G. Beall
The Studio Project: Matthew G. Beall

I am very happy to have this studio, and it does really work well for me. I have plenty of room to do what I need to do. It’s truly a lot better than what I had before, though I somehow had made that tiny space work. There is one big drawback for me, however: the low ceiling. I guess I was a bit spoiled after my second residency in 2011 at Vyt, where I was in the big studio. That is a studio I dream about. High ceilings. Wonderful light. A space made for painting. Anyhow, low ceilings confine.

The best thing about my studio is that it’s spacious. I also like that I have a bit of a view of the neighborhood from my windows. And I have direct access through a door from my apartment just like those doors in hotels with connecting rooms. The worst part, as I mentioned, is the low ceiling. It really does bug me.

I work when I feel I have something to get out of me. Sometimes it’s a lot and sometimes it’s not. So, I can be in there for hours on end when that creative juice is flowing. Since, like most artists, I have a full time job, but take three-day weekends, I usually work on those three days. I tend to work in the afternoon and evening, but this isn’t a strict practice. In a nutshell, I work when I am pulled to do so.

For inspiration, I usually go to the Ulmer Museum. I also take walks along the Danube River or through the city. I usually see something that gets me fired up. I also go online and check out art sites and blogs. Pretty much anything can inspire me, so, it’s not necessarily the physical place I have to go to. Here in Ulm, in addition to the Ulmer Museum, we have the Kunsthalle Weishaupt. There are a couple of small galleries as well as a couple of art associations which put on exhibitions.

Matthew G. Beall maintains websites for his paintings [site] and his photography [site]. He participated in the League Residency at Vyt.

Matthew G. Beall, Self-Portrait, March 1, 2014
The studio of Matthew G. Beall
Matthew G. Beall, Art Grey 2, 2014. Acrylic on paper, 39 x 36 cm.
Matthew G. Beall, Architectonic Curves, 2014. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 cm.

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