Matthew studied at Middlesex University followed by Central St. Martins. He lives in Norwich and has been represented by Heart since 2009.
As an avid collector of curios, postcards and knick-knacks, Matthew often uses found images to create situations that make them seem new and significant. His playful working process means that he is open to the unpredictable, seeking the fantastic in the everyday. He is influenced by vernacular and folk art and scratchy, instinctive children’s drawing – along with things that are precise, minimal and well balanced. An important reference is his interest in symbolic medieval art – where every flower, animal or object is charged with a specific significance. In his illustrative work, this comes through as a sort of loose idea of ‘portraiture’ where characters might act out roles and desire through the significance of objects they hold or relate to.
Matthew’s commissions have included a campaign for the V&A using the museum’s collection as source material, an advertising campaign for the opera ‘Prince Igor’ at the ENO, a campaign to advertise the British Library’s ‘Discovering Literature’ exhibition and regular promotional and branding material for the Poetry Society.
Matthew has also illustrated the works of the magic realist writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez for Penguin Books, and provided illustrations for cult classic, ‘The Meowmorphosis’ published by Quirk Books – a surreal take on Kafka’s ‘Metamophosis’. He has been commissioned for two illustrated books for The Folio Society; ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus and ‘In Praise of Folly’ by Erasmus.
As well as working to commission, Matthew also makes and exhibits assemblages and installations. His research interests explore how found images and objects carry a particular history and how this can convey narrative. He is currently working on ideas for animated films, as well as a book of fiction titled ‘The Safety of Objects’ that uses found images as the basis of new narratives. For a recent exhibition he created a short animation, narrated by Sat Nav, as well as magic lantern slides based on J.G. Ballard’s novel ‘Concrete Island’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe.
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Adobe, Albertas, Aston Martin, The British Library, Brown Alumni magazine, Cadbury’s, Channel 4, Clerkenwell Post, Deutsche Bank, Editions H d’Ormesson, English National Opera, The Folio Society, Forbes Japan, The Globe and Mail, Google, Granta, The Guardian, Harper Collins, Harper’s Magazine, Hodder, The Lancet, Mosaic Science, New Statesman, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Penguin Books, The Poetry Society, Quirk Books, Random House,The Royal Parks, Simon & Schuster, The Telegraph, The Times, Victoria & Albert Museum, WPP