Said the Guests: Matthew Feyld
by Sean
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Matthew Feyld lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Saskatchewan is more often a place of wheat than of wonders - but you can never predict what will appear from under that big sky.

He's an artist I discovered utterly by chance, stumbling across his Flickr page, but immediately he had snared me. I was caught up in the struggles of his characters and their enormous heads. There are swords, bears, beaks, masks, egg hats, shoes that see. There's whimsy and play, but also so much wide open space: room for loneliness, lostness and the strange.

Feyld looses a new drawing or painting almost every day, and I remain mesmerized by his parade of imagery. Inviting him to draw for us, - illustrations of a couple of favourite songs, - was the most obvious thing in the world. And I was so delighted that he agreed.

Please, please, please, leave a comment and tell him what you think.

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The Mountain Goats- "Magpie"

Matthew Feyld - "Magpie"" (click for full size) (buy The Sunset Tree)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "casiotone for the painfully alone in a green cotton sweater"
Matthew Feyld - "casiotone for the painfully alone in a green cotton sweater" (click for full size) (buy THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS)

[Matthew Feyld, Saskatoon based artist, is a lad who grew up with a birth defect that made his head swell unbeliveably. this happened at the worst times possible... during show and tell... at the science fair... on his first date... it happened from stress. he found that keeping calm helped his head stay normal and drawing, painting, scribbling was his cure. his work is almost voodoo to keep his swollen head from reappearing. it recreats his greatest fears. beady eyed monsters with giant ballon heads fighting off the world in tights. See more of his work at flickr; all works are for sale by contacting Matthew.]

(Previous guest-blogs: The Weakerthans, Parenthetical Girls, artist Daria Tessler, Clem Snide, Marcello Carlin, Beirut, Jonathan Lethem, Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Al Kratina, Eugene Mirman, artist Dave Bailey, Agent Simple, artist Keith Andrew Shore, Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), artist Kit Malo with Alden Penner (The Unicorns) 1 2, artist Rachell Sumpter, artist Katy Horan 1 2, David Barclay (The Diskettes), artist Drew Heffron, Carl Wilson, artist Tim Moore, Michael Nau (Page France), Devin Davis, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Hello Saferide, Damon Krukowski (Damon & Naomi), Brian Michael Roff, Howard Bilerman (producer: Silver Mt. Zion, Arcade Fire, etc.). There are many more to come.)

Posted by Sean at December 6, 2006 3:00 AM

oh sean you have shown us another jewel...and to stumble through flickr to this, gives me hope.

and Matthew if you are reading this...have you seen the work of Saul Steinberg and/or Tomi Ungerer? your recalls theirs in the most wonderful of ways.

Posted by brian michael roff at December 6, 2006 8:31 AM

Love the illustrations. The simple lines quarantining bold planes of color, flexibility for liquid form, and expressive detailing remind me of classic Bill Traylor... if he was alive to roll up his jeans and interpret Owen's similarly self-taught vocalizations.

Posted by Kyle at December 6, 2006 10:49 AM

Those are great, and there is one on the flickr page that I would love to own, but how do we contact Matthew?

Posted by tom thumb at December 6, 2006 1:32 PM

good question Andy...i mean Tom!

Posted by brian michael roff at December 6, 2006 2:18 PM


Posted by ree at December 6, 2006 4:00 PM

When I bought mine I contacted Matthew through Flickr. If you don't have an account email me and I'll put you in touch with him privately. (I'm just not comfortable sharing his email address without permission.)

Posted by Sean at December 6, 2006 4:56 PM

Ok I've spoken to Matthew and he says it's okay to divulge his email address. (I've updated the post accordingly.)

If you're interested in getting in touch with him to say 'Yay!', to talk shop, to inquire about buying something, or anythin' else, you can reach him at:

Posted by Sean at December 6, 2006 7:43 PM

This is all so perfect. Matthew is the most wonderful artist around here.

Posted by Vanilla at December 6, 2006 7:59 PM

i heard his head isnt the only thing that swells.
i went there.
kills the ladies. dead.

Posted by kenneth nesticle. at December 7, 2006 2:17 AM

And he does it, yet again Sean does it just by stumbling around on the Web like it happened so many times before!

Posted by J.S. at December 7, 2006 6:14 PM

we love 'm!

Posted by luxe at December 8, 2006 3:56 AM

I really like Matt's work. I just bought a drawing from him by mail last week and it looks even better in person.

Posted by Oscar at December 8, 2006 12:46 PM

read it and weep.

Posted by achey breaky heart at December 9, 2006 4:05 PM

Excellent list. Way to pull the Parenthetical Girls out at the last moment. Go Portland music!

Posted by Saturna at December 12, 2006 1:54 PM

the paint of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Green Cotton Sweter looks like a skech from a colombian artist called Fernando Botero, I wonder if the artist knows his work and that`s why the look alike, or if it`s just coincidence

Posted by Nicolas at October 30, 2007 6:40 PM

the paint of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Green Cotton Sweter looks like a skech from a colombian artist called Fernando Botero, I wonder if the artist knows his work and that`s why the look alike, or if it`s just coincidence

Posted by Nicolas at October 30, 2007 6:40 PM

the paint of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Green Cotton Sweter looks like a skech from a colombian artist called Fernando Botero, I wonder if the artist knows his work and that`s why the look alike, or if it`s just coincidence

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