Back in the 80's, one could always find a sweet piece of art by a street artist to decorate a New York apartment. Street art wasn't expensive; it was fun. It was an open expression of an artist's view point to hang on your wall. Either you agreed with the message or you didn't. For a small price, if you wanted it, you would buy it.
Today many of the artists who pitch their displays on the streets in SoHo are asking gallery prices for their work — not Matthew Courtney. His art is fun and expressive and he loves entertaining people when it comes to talking about his art. You can find his work for sale starting at $25. Can you think of a better gift for a friend who dreams about visiting New York City? Can you think of a better gift to buy yourself?
Matthew Courtney is an example of the artistic personalities that once lined the streets of Manhattan. Back in the day, people who were not too busy rushing by would take the time and talk to the artist and discover a diamond in the rough. Today, Mathew Courtney is that diamond in the rough, and good luck finding him. Street artists show up when they do... life happens and we never know where we will find ourselves tomorrow. For the most part, you can find Matthew's one-of-a-kind paintings and drawings on recycled materials when the weather is good. If his spot hasn't been taken, he'll set up in the same place on Prince Street, between Greene and Mercer Streets. If you don't see him, you can always ask one of the other artists and they will point you in the right direction.
Written by Sabrina Tate