Matthew Naquin

Last friday, we headed to City Market Coffeehouse to see the art poster opening for our friend Matthew Naquin. You might remember Matthew as a fellow vendor at the MOC Art Bazaar. We love love love his work and thought you might too.

At City Market Coffehouse

But first, there’s us at the coffeehouse. Jonas and Eliza ate carrot cake, Jake had their awesome iced tea, and I had a prefect carmel vanilla latte made by our friend Nikole. Jonas ran around like a crazy person and was difficult to corral. When we lived in the River Market, we’d go to City Market Coffeehouse practically every day. We missed it. The opening was a great party.

Back to Matthew. He is an amazing artist and photographer; we’re obsessively in love with his poster designs. Here are a few examples:

forrest

We love his muted color schemes, subtle use of texture, mix of text and photography, and his his attraction to the contrast between urban living and nature.

will-rise

stopped-reaching

That last one is our favorite; it’s hanging in our living room. We’ve been collecting Kansas City and regional themed art for our first floor, and Naquin’s use of Kansas City buildings has us smitten. We love his take on Kansas City: “You can see urban squalor and shiny new gentrified developments, drive through suburban sprawl and into small-town Americana within an hour’s time.” So true.

January MOC: Matthew Naquin

Kansas City folks can see and purchase Matthew Naquin’s work at City Market Coffeehouse for the next few weeks. Everyone else can check out or purchase his work at his his website. What’s your favorite Naquin piece?