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by Matthew Hoffman

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Artist Statement

Matthew is the Custodian of You Are Beautiful, a project to better the world in little ways. The message has reached every corner of the globe, with over 5 million stickers shared by the community. The hope is for us to share uplifting thoughts with each other.

Outside of large public works, YAB is a small but mighty team that creates art & design edition objects to interact with your daily life. At the end of 2018, Matthew opened the first flagship You Are Beautiful Headquarters (YAB HQ) with at 3368 N Elston, Chicago IL, 60618. The retail store is open to the public daily, along with with tours & workshops in the studio.

Why We Love It

In 23”x2.5” laser cut birch, Hoffman’s art for everyone succinctly, cleanly, outright elegantly sums up so much of what’s exciting about art collecting. Going with your gut, sharing what you love, turning to art for new ways to consider the world—it’s all kind of captured in this one precise but peaceful pronouncement. art for everyone is our first Hoffman woodcut that’s a single long, lean horizontal line (the words in his previous editions are stacked vertically). There’s something wildly chic about this sentence-like orientation, a modern firmness tempered by Hoffman’s characteristic cursive script. The three words are readable in a range of inspiriting ways: a low-key but clear reminder, a rallying cry, a self-reflective rumination on the artwork’s own stirring simplicity. Or maybe you’ll see this limited-edition carving as "art for everyone" embodied—it’s minimal and neutral enough to look slick in all sorts of decor styles, and at just $35, it’s original art at a price many folks can afford ... Read more on the blog!


+ Measurements provided are from the height from the tallest point ​to the width at the widest point.
+ Made of birch plywood, laser cut in Chicago
+ Can be easily attached to a wall with foam tape or hung from a white finishing nail. You can also attach plastic feet (for the piece to stand on its own), lay it flat, or simply lean it against your surface of choice.
+ All orders for this edition are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.


Laser cut birch plywood

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago based artist & designer whose public works have been exhibited internationally. His ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in books by Gestalten, Droog, and Taschen, and was featured in a segment on the Oprah network.Matthew has created large scale public installations for the City of Chicago, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Albright Knox Gallery, as well as companies like Apple, Facebook, Zappos, & Cards Against Humanity. There are close to 30 outdoor installations currently up in the Chicagoland area.
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