Artist’s Statement and Biography

A sense of place and also dis-placement is conveyed in these paintings. Having emigrated from the UK in 2001, Matthew has felt drawn to consider how we relate to our environment. In a universal sense he explores the very real issues of where we have come from and where we are heading, then zooms in on particular ‘everyday occurances’ presenting them as if on the cusp of reality.

Another strand of Matthew’s art is his portrayal of characters, ranging from the everyday to the theatrical. Some help to set a scene whilst others take centre stage with their presence. The allegorical content to be found in these stimulating and quizzical paintings is balanced by the artist’s detailed yet playful approach to his subjects. All is not what it seems...

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