Matulis, John

 

Matulis, John G. (1911-2000)

John Matulis was born in New Britain, Connecticut in 1911. He attended public schools and graduated from the Hartford Art School in 1933. He then worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project from 1936 to 1940. According to his obituary, Matulis completed 55 color plates for the Index of American Design, but his work card shows that he completed only 47 color plates and one oil painting. He also supervised other artists assigned to the Index project. Matulis was one of three Connecticut artists who had a plate exhibited at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park. During World War II, 1942-1945, he served in the U. S. Army drawing topographic maps from aerial photographs. From 1945 to 1975 he was a technical illustrator for Pratt and Whitney. After Matulis retired, he served on the Connecticut Commission on Aging from 1975 t 1978 and taught drawing at the New Britain Senior Center. According to his obituary, he “designed posters for the National Institute of Senior Centers for the National Council on Aging” and covers for the AARP magazine. Matulis was a well known and respected local artist.

 

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; AskART; Obituary, New Britain Herald, January 12, 2000; Matthew Hay Brown, “John G. Matulis, 89, Dies; “3 State Artists Have Work in Hyde park Show,” Hartford Courant, September 13, 1941; “Artist Painted Apples,” Hartford Courant, January 12, 2000; Edwin O. Christensen, The Index of American Design (National Gallery of Art, 1950), pp. 88, 154-155, 189, 205, 207.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from John Matulis:

Barnum Indian Maiden: watercolor and crayon
Plate- 1843: watercolor and crayon
Mug with Slip: watercolor and crayon
Barnum Three Muses: watercolor and crayon
Barnum Three Muses: watercolor and crayon
Barnum Three Muses: watercolor and crayon
Girl of the Golden West:  
Ca. 9: watercolor and crayon
Circus Parade Wagon:  
Figure- Buffalo Bill: watercolor and crayon
Teaching in Burlington, Vt.:  
Bread Tray: watercolor and crayon
Jar: watercolor and crayon
Preserve Jar: watercolor and crayon
Pitcher: watercolor and crayon
Circus Figure Monkey: watercolor and crayon
Circus Figure Monkey Car:  
Circus Wagon Figure:  
Sign “R. Angell “: watercolor
Melon Shaped Jar: watercolor and crayon
Large Preserve Jar: watercolor and crayon
Drinking Cup: watercolor and crayon
Decorated Vase: watercolor and crayon
Drinking Cup: watercolor and crayon
Preserve Jar with Cover: watercolor and crayon
Green Jug: watercolor and crayon
Green Mug: watercolor and crayon
Water Pitcher: watercolor and crayon
Bowl: watercolor and crayon
Jar- Early 19th Century: watercolor and crayon
Small Saucer: watercolor and crayon
Small Jar with Handle: watercolor and crayon
Bennington Pitcher: watercolor and crayon
Cup with Slip Decoration: watercolor and crayon
Spirit Flask: watercolor and crayon watercolor and crayon
Lion Figurine: watercolor and crayon
Bottle: watercolor and crayon
Spice Jar: watercolor and crayon
Sign I. Spencer: watercolor
Sign E.L. Perkins: watercolor
Sign Will. M. Gordon: watercolor
Bird in Hand: watercolor
Black Horse Tavern: watercolor
Wadsworth: watercolor
Wadsworth: watercolor
Temperance: watercolor
Temperance: watercolor
J. Carter: watercolor
J. Alderman: watercolor
E. Adams: watercolor
Matulis, John