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art, fine art, London, Liverpool,
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About

Photographer | Film maker | Artist

Bio

I am a photographer of portraits, documentary and band concepts. I have also exhibited in many galleries culminating in a one man exhibition at The Williamson Art gallery in 2012.
I have been a photographer for the past 30 years, before that a painter (exhibiting in a group show, at the Royal Academy when I was 11).
I won The Kriterion Award in 2012 (public vote – best work in show)
More recently I have branched out into film by making a series on environmental awareness for my local council, Wirral.

 

Art Statement

Matthew Thomas (°1963, London, United Kingdom) is an artist who mainly works with photography. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Thomas creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

His photos are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.

 
His works doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Matthew Thomas currently lives and works in Liverpool.

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Exhibitions
 

One Man Exhibition:
2013 (Summer)
Williamson Art Gallery

 

MerseyBio 2012
*Spektra*
Dec ’12 – Jan ’13
Christmas Exhibition
Liverpool.

 

Wirral Spring Open – 2012
– Winner of the Kriterion award
with *The Paradigm Effect*
Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral

 

Roots and Wings
Brighton – 2011
Steel Shed in Bridgetown Barbados /
Aime Cesaire Cultural Park, Martinique – both 2012
Photos of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2000.

 

MerseyBio (Liverpool)
Feb-April 2012
*’Kaloseidos’ + ‘Spektra’ + ‘Emotion of Illusion’*
Giclee Prints from the series.

 

Corke Gallery
Aigburth Road, Liverpool
October – January 2011 / 12
*Kaloseidos* + *Spektra* – giclee prints

 

Biocensis
Lightbox installation at The National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool
April 2011

 

Commission exhibition:
The Paradigm Effect | Timeslice
CultureLiverpool
Dance Photo Commission
@ The CUC, Liverpool
April 2011

 

Out Of The Pages
(with ‘Object Of Dreams’ magazine)
February 2011
At ViewTwo Gallery, Liverpool

 

Threshold Festival 2011
(at the CUC, Liverpool)
February
Emotion of Illusion
(in collaboration with ‘Objects of Dreams’ magazine)

 

Liverpool Design Festival
Kaloseidos
November 2010
– Vinyls Displayed on Brew Tea Bar and Mattas windows in Bold Street, Liverpool

 

36EXP
_Musea, Manchester
Sept-Oct 2010 (in association with ILFORD PHOTO and BLURB)
*Chinese New Year*
36EXPBOOK

 

Secret Subterranean London
http://www.illuminievent.co.uk/
9th-15th September
Flowerglow (now – Biocensis)
Lightbox installation based on the Kaloseidos series.
Shoreditch Town Hall, London

 

160 years of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
July – September
Chinese New Year
Location: 08 Place, Liverpool

 

Un/familiar
June – September
Spectra and Kaloseidos
The Orchard Restaurant,
Blundell Street, Liverpool

 

Celebration of Colour
May – August
The Mere Grange Gallery
Unit 101, Mere Grange, St Helens

 

20 works by 10 Artists_
March 2010
LJMU (Gallery 2010) Gallery, Liverpool.