Everyone Wants to Take a Bite Out of Artist Matt Beyrer

 In Art & Gallery News, Artists & Special Collections, Matthew Beyrer

Artist Matt Beyrer has an uncanny knack for drawing depth and beauty out of unexpected places.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that Beyrer’s artistic career began in an unexpected place—on a surfboard.

But he wasn’t inspired by the calm serenity of the surf. It was a terrifying encounter with a hammerhead shark that changed Beyrer’s life forever.

Beyrer tells the unlikely story of how a shark attack transformed him into an artist in this exclusive new video from Park West Gallery.

Matt Beyrer paints in his studio.

Matt Beyrer paints in his studio.

After studying illustration in college, Beyrer traded in his surfboard for another kind of board. He started painting directly onto wood, incorporating the rough grains and imperfections into his paintings.

According to Beyrer, “The biggest challenge is finding the right piece of wood.”

Work-in-progress in Matt Beyrer's studio.

Work-in-progress in Matt Beyrer’s studio.

Fortunately, it seems like the artist has a talent for finding exceptional pieces of wood. His paintings have undeniably taken the art world by storm.

From the beginning, collectors passionately embraced Beyrer’s singular style and he quickly began selling out art auctions around the country. In fact, Beyrer is the first artist in history to completely sell-out 11 Park West VIP auctions in a row.

Artist Matt Beyrer walks in the surf.

Park West VIP auctioneer Rob Ducat said, “I struggled to keep the clients in their seats” during Beyrer’s first auction. “The crowd ran to the art.”

Beyrer has called the public response to his art “all very surreal” and “wonderfully humbling.”

Artist Matt Beyrer

He never could have expected, during those scary moments on a surfboard so many years ago, that it would all lead to him becoming one of the most sought-after artists of his generation.


If you’re interested in collecting the art of Matt Beyrer, view our online collection or contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 during business hours or at sales@parkwestgallery.com.

"Sail into the Horizon" (2017), Matt Beyrer

“Sail into the Horizon” (2017)


"The Coming Day" (2017), Matt Beyrer

“The Coming Day” (2017)


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  • E. Vern Taylor

    Matt’s Work is beautiful, and very exquisite! He’s an extremely talented Artiste. Love his Work!

  • Howard T

    I have my First of Matt’s works. Extraordinary incite and talent. Cant wait for my next purchase.

  • Cheryl Brill

    Love his work! My husband and I have several of his pieces, my favorite is “Our first kiss!”

  • John Mulready

    Hopefully, Park West will bring some of his work to the Atlantis Tahiti cruise in February. I’m very impressed with his work and his ability to use a wood medium to bring depth to his pieces

  • Joseph Cannizzo

    Just purchased my first two Matt Beyrer’s tonight while on Navigator of the Seas. Very thoroughly pleased with my purchase and I cannot wait to get them home and on my wall.

  • Jim Flanders

    We just got one of Matt’s work. It looks better in my home than I even though it would.

  • Chuck Zirkle

    Purchased on of his works at a VIP auction at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Had the opportunity to meet him. Great artist and individual. It i great to be able to meet the artist when we purchase works at these auctions.

  • Sandra Kaminski

    We love the two pieces we bought and telling everyone his story! We won’t be going on a cruise anytime soon but we hope park west invites us again to one if their events!

  • John Feindt

    I just got to see some pieces of his work on a cruise this February and am now a fan. I look forward to owning one in the future. Thank you to Park West for the seminar and spending time with me showing me so much wonderful artwork.

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