Matt D. Madsen
Oil on board, Signed lower left, 54" wide by 23" high
Matthew Devine Madsen, 1911-1996
Listed in "Artists of Utah".
"Matthew Devine Madsen passed away on Oct. 10, 1996 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born in Logan, Utah on January 13, 1911, the fifth son of a family of twelve, to Niels Andrew and Emma Aeschliman Madsen.When Matt was three years old, the family moved to Gunnison, Utah where he was raised and attended school. He studied Art at BYU under Elbert Eastmond, B.F. Larson and Philip Barkdull. He also studied at the Alpine Summer School under Hanson Puthuff.
During 1934-36, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Southern California. He married Delsa Maud Nielson in the Salt Lake Temple on May 29, 1940. He was a painting contractor doing homes and roofs and also a sign painter. On the side, he painted many beautiful mountain and ocean scenes and finally, in the early 1960's, he retired from contract work and devoted his time to his talent. In a 5-state art show in Phoenix, Arizona held January 1971, Matt was branded "The fastest brush in the West" by the 75 artists who were there. As the painter Robert Wood once answered the question, "How long did it take to paint this picture?", his answer being, "A few minutes, plus a lifetime." Matt can and does answer the question in the same way. He has painted and sold over 6,000 oils and has been recognized for his talent. His artwork has appeared on the program covers of the Days of '47 events, to hanging in high schools and city halls."
-Deseret News, published Oct 12, 1996