How a Shark Bite and Bob Ross Led Matt Beyrer to Fine Art

Matt Beyrer in his studio

Artist Matt Beyrer has proven to be popular with collectors, selling out 11 of his 11 Park West Gallery VIP auctions since his debut. So what is the origin of his desirable Natural Expressionism art?

Aside from Beyrer’s talent, it involves three things: a shark, a popular TV show, and impromptu wood stain.

“Sunset Reflection” (2017), Matt Beyrer

While living on Florida’s east coast, Beyrer took up surfing as a hobby. One day, while in eighth grade, Beyrer and one of his friends hit the beach. As he was surfing in the open water, Beyrer was knocked off his board and felt a sharp pain on his foot. He was rushed to the hospital where he learned an 8-foot hammerhead shark had bit him.

The wound required multiple stitches and required eight weeks of recovery. To pass the time, Beyrer began watching “The Joy of Painting” starring Bob Ross. The TV show taught its audience how to create a landscape painting, with Ross completing a painting in each half-hour episode.

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Through the Rain” (2017), Matt Beyrer

Beyrer became intrigued by the painting process and decided he would learn the craft. Fast forward a few years and Beyrer graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in illustration.

Initially, the art world recognized Beyrer for his unique and gripping fantasy scenes, but the artist resolved to expand his abilities. One day, while building a frame, Beyrer used up all of his wood stain. Instead of running out for more, he decided to mix his own by thinning some oil paints.

“A light bulb went off,” Beyrer says. “I realized I should incorporate the natural wood grain into the painting itself rather than painting over the wood grain.”

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Remember the Time” (2017), Matt Beyrer

Through continued experimentation, Beyrer honed his Natural Expressionism style into what collectors know and love today. He continues to experiment to this day, painting on different, exotic wood types and creating limited-edition caldographs with Park West Gallery.

“It’s important to me the grain be a part of the painting because it is what inspires me,” Beyrer says.

For information on how to collect the art of Matt Beyrer, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or

17 Responses to How a Shark Bite and Bob Ross Led Matt Beyrer to Fine Art

  1. Laurinda Simoson says:

    I am a VIP collector and interested in available pieces by this artist

    • parkwestgal says:

      Thank you for your interest in Beyrer’s art! We will pass along your information to our gallery consultants and someone will reach out to you soon.

  2. Carin Lawton says:

    I have been a collector of his work since his first sell-out show. His work truly must be seen to appreciate his artistic creativity. You will never be disappointed with Matt Beyrer’s artwork.

  3. MIchelle Capucci says:

    We are new to collecting, we will be on board the Carnival Magic in October, (we bought our first pieces on board another ship). Will any of his art be on board? would love to see it in person.

  4. Iran says:

    Really has the Trifecta, express. Subject matter as passion. Each piece has it own magic, each location matches the magic. Truely has found his space.

  5. Nicole Miller says:

    Love his work from the first moment we saw it on our VIP cruise in Dec. Would LOVE to go to one of his VIP shows! Stunning work!

  6. Sherry Troyano says:

    purcchased two pieces on epic, looking to purchase two more.

  7. Mark Hayden says:

    Got my first Beyrer “Remember the Time” back in October. It was one of those “I gotta have it moments”. A great addition to our collection!

  8. Ryan Gilbert says:

    Are you going to have any of his works onboard the Grand Princess in February?

  9. Laurie Polak says:

    I fell in love with Matt’s works during my Carnival Vista cruise this week. Went to my very 1st art auction, and by the end of the cruise I’d purchased 3 large pieces! Can’t wait to see them throughout my home. Thank you, Matt, and Park West!!

  10. dennis dewson says:

    Matt Beyrers Art is amazing , could you tell me if his art is in oil paints or acrylic ? Is his art on display on Majestic Cruises .

  11. luis c. licea says:

    very humble artist that inspires anyone when his art work are portrayed.

  12. Stephanie Baran says:

    My husband and I attended a VIP auction and missed out on both of the original pieces we had our hearts set on by Matt. I would love to be able to purchase one now please contact me. Matt is such a nice guy as well as inspiring!

  13. Susan says:

    Just purchased our 2nd Beyrer on Valor last week.

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