Bio/Resume

Growing up in rural Maine, Demers has been creating for as long as he can remember. Primarily self taught, he uses a wide variety of mediums and techniques on many different surfaces. His background as a graphic designer, sign maker, embroiderer, screen printer, antiques dealer, and gravedigger influences his work visually and conceptually.
“I draw inspiration from every experience in my life. My work references landscapes, architecture, figure, and objects with an emphasis on form and color and the way non representational objects can spark memories and create new ideas. I would describe myself as quiet and reserved but my artwork has always been a place that I feel comfortable being unrestrained.  It has allowed me to connect to people in ways that I otherwise would not. With paint, found objects, text, and other materials I create dynamic pieces and invite the viewer to be drawn in and experience the work subjectively.”

Solo Exhibitions
Sheepscot General Gallery – 2011, Whitefield, Maine
Erskine Academy – 2016, South China, Maine
Marketplace at Augusta – Open Concept: Matt Demers, 2016, Augusta, Maine
Maine General Medical Center – 2017, Augusta, Maine
Gibbs Library- Washington, Maine- 2017
Common Street Arts – Matt Demers: Self Portrait, 2017, Waterville, Maine

Art Fairs
Waterville Arts Fest 2010, Waterville, Maine
Clio Art Fair, 2017, New York City
Two and Three Person Exhibitions
Monkitree – Revision – Matt Demers and Allison McKeen, 2013, Gardiner, Maine
Harlow Gallery – Long Distance Call – Demers, Carnes, Minzy, 2015, Hallowell, Maine
Harmon’s and Barton’s Gallery – Chaos and Quiet-Demers, McKeen, 2015, Portland, Maine
Select Group Exhibitions:
Gardiner Artwalk – 2007- present, Gardiner, Maine
Julia’s Gallery – Graffiti, 2008, Rockland, Maine
River Arts – Driven to Abstraction, 2009, Damariscotta, Maine
River Arts – Black and White, 2009, Damariscotta, Maine
Waterfall Arts – Gardiner Artists, 2012, Belfast, Maine
Artdogs – Variations V, 2012, Gardiner, Maine
River Arts – Black and White, 2014, Damariscotta, Maine
Art Collector Maine – Art.Works, 2014, Kennebunkport, Maine
Harlow for the Hall – Johnson Hall, 2015, Gardiner, Maine
River Arts – Abstract, 2015, Damariscotta, Maine
UMVA Gallery- 2017, Portland, Maine
Harlow Gallery – Hallowell, Maine:
Spring Members Exhibition, 2011
8x10x80 – 2011
Art2012, 17th Annual Juried Show, 2012
8x10x100, 2012
Play, 2013
50th Anniversary Members Show, 2013
8x10x100, 2013
Fine Print, 2016
Community Supporting Arts:
Harlow Gallery, 2012 Hallowell, Maine
Common Street Arts, 2012, Waterville, Maine
University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 2013, Belfast, Maine
Frontier Cafe Cinema and Gallery, 2013, Brunswick, Maine

Experience
Strand Theatre – Public Sidewalk Chalk Installation, 2008, Rockland, Maine
Mural Installation at home of sculptor Robert Lash, 2008, Gardiner, Maine
Guest Art Teacher at Dresden Elementary School, 2010, Dresden Maine
Artdogs Studios Resident Artist 2011-2012, Gardiner, Maine
SpinOff Studios- Lunch with an Artist 2012, Hallowell, Maine
ecomaine Silver Bullet Painting Project, 2012, Hallowell, Maine
Public Art Installation- 2012, Gardiner, Maine
Mural Installation at Water Street Cafe, 2013, Gardiner, Maine
Art Collector Maine member 2014
Judge for Maine Federation of Women’s High School Art Show, 2014, Augusta, Maine
Mural Installation at Jellison Traders, 2015, Augusta, Maine
Mural Installation at Crossfit Undaunted, 2017, Augusta, Maine
Mural Installation at Niche Inc., 2017, Gardiner, Maine
Mural Installation at Kennebec Valley Tennis Association, 2017, Augusta, Maine
Member Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Member Union of Maine Visual Artists

Collections
MaineGeneral Medical Center
Publications
Maine Home and Design
Maine Magazine
The Free Press
Kennebec Journal
Artscope Magazine
Creating Gardiner, Documentary, 2015