Matt Skiba might be best known for music, but he's an artist across the spectrum. What's cool? His work is set to be featured in Romantic Rock's Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday charity showcase next month.
“I’m thrilled to be showing this round of my art with such beautiful friends and some amazing artists,” Skiba says. “Some of the new stuff is inspired by the scrawl on a childhood friend’s trapper-keeper as I remember it. He was super into death metal and was considered a ‘burner’ and ‘trouble’.
“They used those terms like they were a bad thing. I used lines from lyrics I’ve been writing recently combined with my friend’s graffiti. I want my new stuff to convey Hessian graffiti and ‘ignorant art’.”
Skiba is by no means new to the art world. We caught up with Skiba in issue 345 to talk more about his introduction to the art world and the impact its had on his life.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. I was always doodling as a kid. My mom has a bunch of my old sketchbooks,” Skiba explains. “I was obsessed with the Titanic, and scorpions and SR-71 biplanes, all these random things that little kids are into.”
He followed his interest in art through junior high, high school and a year of college, taking courses in everything from sculpture and painting to digital design, and that passion for art has only grown.
Punk Rock And Paintbrushes was started by fashion designer Emily Nielsen while working on her charity project, Rock Against Cancer. Nielsen learned that some of the musicians, including Skiba, wanted to create paintings and enlisted them to show their work and raise money for charity.
The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will be returning to Los Angeles for the second time, featuring work from Skiba, Hunter Burgan of AFI, Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals, Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal, Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, professional skateboarders Steve Caballero and Paul Kobriger and more. Each artist will have multiple original pieces, prints, and much more.
Not to mention, this year, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is supporting Alexandria House, a non-profit safe shelter for women and children.
Opening night is set to take place Friday, December 15 from 6-11 p.m., featuring music from resident DJs and special guest DJs throughout the night, a full bar, photo booth, red carpet and more. All that’s required? An RSVP here.
The gallery, located at 1499 Artemus Street in Los Angeles, CA, will house the art exhibition through the weekend and is open on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 11-7 p.m.
“Punk Rock & Paintbrushes came into my life as a surprise two years ago with the desire to share my friend's art with the world,” Nielsen says. “I feel very privileged to work with each of these amazing and talented artists. We must continue to create art to share our personal life and feelings with the world but through the strokes of a paintbrush…all the while being punk rock.”