Multi-faceted award-winning artist Matt Gould was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The impulse to create has always been a motivating force in his life and has found expression through painting, drawing, singing, acting, writing, stage directing, design and fibre art.

Gould has lived in Toronto, France, Vancouver, Mayerthorpe, and on cruise ships in Alaska, the Caribbean, New York and Bermuda. He currently resides in Red Deer, Alberta.

His visual art is found in a numerous corporate and private collections across Canada and Europe and in the United States. Gould has also had the privilege of illustrating Joy Kogawa’s book “Naomi’s Road”, Kipling’s “Rikki Tikki Tavi” as well as Cora Weber-Pillwax’s “Billy’s World” which appears in both English and Cree.

In 2006, he was awarded an individual artist project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for a six-panel textile art piece entitled “In Jesus’ Name” where Gould took those three words and examined how they have gone out into the world in both a destructive and a constructive way. This large-scale piece was a part of an exhibition in the main gallery of the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton and was entitled “InTensions.”

In 2010, his textile piece, “The Italianate” – chosen by the jury from the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Craft Councils as best mid-career submission – became be a part of the exhibition, “Prairie Excellence” and is currently on tour across western Canada. The show, “Prairie Excellence”, will make its way to Alberta and Red Deer’s Museum and Art Gallery in the summer of 2012.

In the next year, and in preparation for a major solo show at Red Deer’s MAG and the Alberta Craft Council, Gould will be creating a figurative textile series that will explore and examine the nature of masculinity in our society by posing the question: “What makes you think you’re a man?”

Gould is a member of the Alberta Craft Council and the Arts Council of Red Deer.

His work can be obtained through the Art Rental Gallery of the Alberta Gallery of Art, in Edmonton, the Alberta Craft Council and by contacting the artist directly.