Featuring Fantastic Phantasms: Art by Matthew Gray Gubler

cat fish shark by MGGFeaturing Fantastic Phantasms: Art by Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray GublerCriminal Minds Profiler Doctor Spencer Reid might have a thing or two to say about some of the artwork rendered by his alter-ego, portrayer Matthew Gray Gubler. Then again, maybe not. The affable, multi-talented star is comfortable embodying both the jovial and the macabre, as we can see by these examples. Fans have embraced his colorful sketches and watercolors for years, eliciting comments from “COOL!” to “AWESOME!” to “YIKES!” in equal measure.

Gubler’s colorfully dreamy, whimsical style is one that has served him well, earning him a reputation as a unique and skilled artist who paints what he sees. He makes no apologies for the sometimes ‘less than generically flattering’ portraits of friends and family that are a trademark of his works, often saying that he just sees beauty in things that are ‘off’, and that “I only paint people I find beautiful.” Aside from the portraits, he’s also done a gallery show, an album cover, posters, and limited edition t-shirts that he sells to fans, with the proceeds going to different charities, as well as his high school alma mater in Las Vegas.

Well aware that his images conjure strong feelings in most folks, he’s somewhat shy about showing them in person because the viewer may tend to focus on the grotesque, or believe he’s making fun of them, when nothing could be further from the truth. In this writer’s opinion, true art makes you wonder, makes you feel, and is unforgettable. I’d say those three requirements aptly fit the images below. 

“I see beauty differently than most people.” ~ MGG

mei auction burnt english muffin chinaski eventual self portrait girl glowworm gubler flu t shirt happy woman with happy hat harry dean


art ian jonathan the dino kermit and vincent Kevin JellyFish lets seriously ride a skateboard
mrs bonnie pastel gubler pee wee poe reid riki unstoppable werewolf warped tour cover yellow bunny

Many more examples of Matthew’s artwork can be found here, accompanied by his reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee”.



4 thoughts on “Featuring Fantastic Phantasms: Art by Matthew Gray Gubler

  • February 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

    MGG’s art always reminds me of Sir Tenniel’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrations! <3 🙂

  • September 12, 2017 at 2:01 am

    The images are strangely compelling. There are hints of Dr. Seuss and Edward Gorey. Nevertheless, they are uniquely MGG. I find myself looking at them again and again, both in admiration and horror. How very wonderful!

  • September 12, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Having decided I like the Warped Tour the best, I also am impressed by the creature playing the keyboard. I don’t know if Matt H. would agree with me. He played keyboard in my son’s rock band. Then he Matt, that is, became a dermatologist. This is an odd progression, but dermatology somehow fits MGGs images.

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Viggo Mortensen also draws a lot of self portraits. I will ponder on this awhile. I like them, all these self portraits, but there is a study to be had of the psychological need to paint them. (Not meant in any way as a criticism.)


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