Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Matt Scobey

#72: Matt Scobey Matt Scobey is a practical artist and jack-of-all-trades creative with a jones for graphic design, illustration, hand-lettering, whimsical puzzles and patterns, and grassroots collaborative projects. Some of those collaborations have been with the art collective Bored of Directors, others with underground publications, art museums and film festivals.

See also: - City Beautiful 2.0: A Modern Interpretation of the Built Environment - Matt Scobey's Not for Sale: Denver: Art in the most unusual places - Denverites open an Alley Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach

Scobey has also worked hand in hand with Create Denver, building an installation at the Spire during Create Denver Week 2011; this year, he's contributing flexible design elements to a co-working element of the city agency's City Beautiful 2.0 exhibit, which opens at the McNichols Building on Friday, May 10, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

How does a young artist like Scobey, with many skills and interests that sometimes fly under the radar, make it in the big city? We asked him to answer our 100CC questionnaire; Scobey's take on the artist's life follows.

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Matt Scobey: Either of my grandfathers. They both died when I was very young, and I think it would be amazing to work with them on a project. If you were thinking specifically about artists, I would say Rammellzee, Margaret Kilgallen and/or Mary Harris Jones for different reasons.

What and who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Being alive and feeling like I'm really making the most of my time on this little planet. 


Friends and family. My niece Emma and nephew Henry.  Friends and the work they are doing. Chris Gregori, Tony Farfalla, Elena Stonaker, Petra Sertic, Ådam Sikorski, Jazzmyn Barbossa, Cortney Stell, Katrin Davis, Dmitri Obergfell and Zach Reini, to name a few. 

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

I think trends can actually be really amusing/entertaining. Å lot of inspiration in my personal work comes from silly pop-culture trends and song lyrics. 

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