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Matt Niebuhr is an artist and architectural designer living and working in Des Moines, Iowa.

.../miscellaneous - is a personal journal, self educational in nature, containing notes and images that inspire me, or that I wish to learn more about - as such, it includes works by other people as noted with full acknowledgment and credit to authors and sources where possible.

I also share content of my own making that I think is worth sharing with a larger audience. If there is any work by others who object to having their work posted here, I will remove the content if so requested.

Visit Matt Niebuhr - Works a site featuring my work exclusively. I established a studio practice pursuing personal work in the summer of 2012 named "West Branch Studio". In 2013 I became a contributing artist and designer with RDG Dahlquist Art Studio and RDG Planning and Design, a multidisciplinary design firm.

Matt Niebuhr - Drawings a visual journal of my work.

If you are interested in work(s) for purchase please see this or simply email me: niebuhr.matt [at] gmail.com.

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""When people go to the ocean they like to see it all day… There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall. It’s a simple experience, you become lighter in weight, you wouldn’t want anything else. Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain - you go into it. I want to draw a certain response like this. … Not a specific response but that quality of response from people when they leave themselves behind, often experienced in nature - an experience of simple joy… the simple, direct going into a field of vision as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean." - Agnes Martin 1966"

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Quote from Paintings and drawings 1977-1991 - Agnes Martin - Exhibition by Serpentine Gallery 1993.

The more time I spend with Martin’s drawings and paintings the more I realize that to me it is important to practice drawing in such a way that the result is not an illustration of an idea but that the drawing somehow might embody or elicit a certain kind of response - a difficult thing to accomplish - because an idea can certainly be easy to illustrate and is easily understood and then forgotten…  It’s the things that I don’t understand that interest me… and seem to stick in my mind.