Art Gallery & Bike Shop

Vince Matthews artist with painting

Here at Spokey Joe’s Bikes & Gear we’re thrilled to showcase paintings by local artist, biker and community volunteer, Vince Matthews. We love the colorful circle motif reminiscent of essential bike parts like cogs, wheels and rotors.

Stop by anytime during business hours to enjoy Vince’s artwork and keep an eye out for an artist reception early this spring. All of Vince’s paintings are available to be purchased – although we will miss their vibrant presence when gone.

Vince Matthews – Painter’s Statement

For a few years when I lived in East Lansing, Michigan, I painted – first in the living room and then in the basement. I was inspired by a painting of Frank Stella’s that I saw at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The painting was gallery-wall-sized, 10 feet by 20 feet, and all laid out with lines drawn before any paint was applied. I could still see the lines! I decided I could do that. The painting that I saw was Takht-i-Sulayman Variation I Interlaces (from the Protractor Series), 1969.

After some experimenting with interior house paint that I had on hand, I bought 13 quarts of acrylic paint at Home Depot. The colors were inspired by some balloons I pawed through at Michaels. Soon I had a set of concentric circles cut by a frame store, so I could mimic Variation II Rainbows (owned by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts). I laid out the overlapping circles on the second largest canvases I could buy at Michaels – always on sale. I painted over some of my first attempts until I was satisfied with the results. I continued until I moved to Boise in 2009. Back then I set up a spot to paint in a garage storeroom, and I have one painting left in progress from Michigan. My paints have all dried in their jars and will need to be replaced in order to start up again.

I’m a painter, not an artist – a blissfully unconcerned folk art painter.

The only art class I’ve taken was Art Appreciation, but it was taught by Wayne Thiebaud. He said he was a painter not an artist, so I must say that too. Frank Stella once ended an observation about his painting with “What you see is what you see.” That works for me too.