Matthew Thomas (also known as MATTOMICA - °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.
CV & Education
One Man Exhibition:
Williamson Art Gallery
Dec ’12 – Jan ’13
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.
*’Kaloseidos’ + ‘Spektra’ + ‘Emotion of Illusion’*
Giclee Prints from the series.
Aigburth Road, Liverpool
October – January 2011 / 12
*Kaloseidos* + *Spektra* – giclee prints
Lightbox installation at The National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool
The Paradigm Effect | Timeslice
Dance Photo Commission
@ The CUC, Liverpool
Out Of The Pages
(with ‘Object Of Dreams’ magazine)
At ViewTwo Gallery, Liverpool
Threshold Festival 2011
(at the CUC, Liverpool)
Emotion of Illusion
(in collaboration with ‘Objects of Dreams’ magazine)
Liverpool Design Festival
– Vinyls Displayed on Brew Tea Bar and Mattas windows in Bold Street, Liverpool
Sept-Oct 2010 (in association with ILFORD PHOTO and BLURB)
*Chinese New Year*
Secret Subterranean London
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
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_
LJMU (Gallery 2010) Gallery, Liverpool.