Artist Interviews 2023

Corie Mattie/LA HOPE DEALER  
By Johnny Otto

As a street artist and muralist, my artistic practice involves creating large-scale, public artworks that are accessible to anyone in the community. I aim to convey meaningful messages through my art, using bold colors, intricate designs, and a variety of techniques to create visually striking and thought-provoking pieces.

Mattie’s method of contrasting colors and bold outlines punch through the chaotic environment of the L.A. labyrinth. Cultural figures are often used as magnets to pull the public in and get gut-punched with audacious wordplay on even the most taboo of topics. From student loans to abortion, Corie is fearless to ignite discussion on issues that require a brighter spotlight in our society.

At the height of the 2020 pandemic, Corie’s artwork began to take center stage and when she laid the foundation for her organization LA Hope Dealer. This evolution garnered spotlight from major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The LA Times which emphasized Corie’s ambition and unwavering optimism in the face of tumultuous times. In 2021, she was also named District 26 Woman of the Year Award for the impact her art had on society at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These accolades have since catapulted Mattie to pursue more ambitious endeavors through the LA Hope Dealer Movement. She has created murals and activated brand partnerships for the likes of Wagmor, Mercedes-Benz USA, and the National Wildlife Federation to name a few. Corie utilizes LA Hope Dealer to be vulnerable and exceed modern expectations of feminine boundaries while breaking ground for the LBGTQIA+ community.

Currently Mattie continues to build her LA Hope Dealer brand and expand on her catalog which includes wall ownership for mural pieces, advancing the rights of women, the LBGTQIA+ community, and integrating QR and AI technologies in her art.

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