A Brief Look: The Quiet Art of Matthew Woodson

 

 

Within the work of illustrator Matthew Woodson are the quiet moments of relationships. Woodson puts a thoughtful eye on the internal subtle shifts of love and the connection that holds two people together. He captures the knowing glance that says, ‘I’m only here because I have nowhere else to go.’ The kiss that speaks, ‘don’t ever leave.’ 

Woodson’s compositions pull you in close to the subject. You can smell her breath. The sweat in the air. His illustrations are able to convey what a novel does best — they enter the monologue of a narrator, unloading the major emotions that line our bones when we are at rest.

His editorial work for the likes of The Atlantic and New York Magazine put an emphasis on the heart of the material — his illustrations don’t show the full story, beat by beat, but the humanity that makes it alive.

 

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for Helios

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for Helios

 

'Still Water Goes Stagnant' by Matthew Woodson

‘Still Water Goes Stagnant’ by Matthew Woodson

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson

Illustration by Matthew Woodson

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Boston Globe

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Boston Globe

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for New York Magazine

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for New York Magazine

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for Annabelle Magazine

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for Annabelle Magazine

 

'Her' by Matthew Woodson for Mondo

‘Her’ by Matthew Woodson for Mondo

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Atlantic

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Atlantic

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson

Illustration by Matthew Woodson

 

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Atlantic

Illustration by Matthew Woodson for The Atlantic

 

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