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Matthew Raynor Exhibits His Art at LTV Studios

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Artist Matt Raynor's aerial photograph

Artist Matt Raynor's aerial photograph "Boardwalk" will be on view in a show opening May 10 at LTV Studios. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Artist Matt Raynor shows his photography and mixed media works at LTV Studios. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Artist Matt Raynor shows his photography and mixed media works at LTV Studios. COURTESY THE ARTIST

authorStaff Writer on May 6, 2024

Photographic works and mixed media by Hampton Bays artist Matthew Raynor will be exhibited for the first time ever in East Hampton at LTV Studios in Wainscott. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 10, from 3 to 7 p.m. The show will remain on view at LTV through the first week of June.

Curated by artist and the host of LTV’s “Hello, Hello,” Haim Mizrahi, the show will feature works by Raynor taken both before and after the accident which left the former commercial fisherman paralyzed from the collarbone down.

Growing up on the East End, Raynor became a deep-sea fisherman and bayman, chronicling his offshore adventures with a Nikon. When he was not at sea, Raynor developed a deep love for travel, spending time in the Far East, South America, Europe and the Caribbean.

After three back-to-back seven-day fishing expeditions, Raynor’s chronic tendonitis flared up. He found relief in daily polar plunges in early spring. On one such day, in April 2019, he suffered a horrid and unexpected injury. While diving with his close friend and fellow artist Jerome Lucani in the waters off Towd Point in Southampton, he broke five vertebrae in his neck. Raynor passed out, face down, in the frigid emerald waters and drifted out to sea, only to be saved and revived by Lucani.

As a result of the accident, Raynor lost feeling and movement in 85 percent of his body, including his hands and forearms. Unable to perform the simplest tasks, such as feeding himself or using the toilet, he found himself starting a new and extraordinarily challenging life. As time went on the list of things he could do grew, from just being able to watch TV, to flying a photography drone and operating a computer. He picked up his old passion of photography and began experimenting with mixed media. It seems healing was to be found in creating, and art has been Raynor’s saving grace.

Currently Raynor is unhoused and living at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. A full catalog of Matthew Raynor’s work can be found online at matthewraynor.com. LTV Studios is at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott.

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