Painter James Matthews’ work is inspired by classic Black movies

Explains why he enjoys painting nostalgic pieces
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On Sunday, Sept. 18 at Bonfire ATL, several visual artists showcased their work but painter James Matthews’ artwork attracted quite a crowd. Black movies and television classics feature prominently in his work.

Matthews explains how he got started with painting, what inspires him, and his favorite piece.


Who is making smoke in Atlanta?

Lil Baby, Future, YSL, Young Thug, and I’m trying to [do the same].


How did you get started painting?

I started painting around 2015 and started getting into shows around 2018. I started doing different traveling shows and the first one brought me down to Atlanta. Atlanta is definitely the spot to come.

What inspires you?

Nostalgia. Not even somebody in particular but movies, growing up on TV shows, music videos; all that.

What would you say is your favorite piece?

I’ve done like over 20 pieces, so I have a lot, but my favorite right now is either Debo or Loc Dog. Those are movies everybody knows. Don’t Be a Menace and Friday are classics.

How can people keep up with you?

They can follow me on Instagram at @dvmvgedgxxds.

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