Revival Art Collective is proud to host the artwork of…
Matthew Hurley is an Arizona based artist with an outstanding, inspiring story.
Born in 1959, Hurley’s past revolved around everything but artwork. Working extremely long hours in the construction industry, Hurley found himself too busy to focus on himself and his life… his primary focus was work, work, and more work. While he did have a family including a wife and two beautiful children, he broke his leg in three places while on the job, leading into a downward spiral which changed the course of his life forever.
Without being able to work, Hurley then became addicted to pain killers, losing everything in the process.
He eventually made the decision to relocate to the South West, bringing the baggage of addiction and a self-destructive, abusive personality with him. Unable to break free of his ways, Hurley’s lifestyle and addictions landed him in prison.
While many would assume that this would be the end for Hurley, prison was actually the place where he found his new life through art.
Having a lot of time on his hands in prison, he began to fill his time with drawing with graphite. Eventually, he made the switch to paint.
Now that Hurley is out of prison, clean, and leading a sober life, he has focused his life on artwork and making a living out of doing the thing that saved his life.
He finds inspiration in everyday beauty, including women, color combinations, and the simplicity of life itself.