Graduation Year: 2020
Always nice to find an excuse to use the word hypnagogic in a sentence! Hypnagogic: relating to that imaginative state immediately before falling asleep - a state that new artist Dominic Matthews seems to capture in his surreal, half-lit, filmic paintings.
Most of our artists have graduate from an art degree course though sometimes we stumble across a talented self taught artist and Matthews is a good example of such an artist - who started painting later in life and is self taught..
Snatches of hypnagogic-like scenes emerge onto canvas from the mind of Matthews. He describes his work as: ’stills from an unmade film, they [his works] are fictions…’
Not only does Matthew’s content emit a beautifully filmic quality, his palette too resonates sublimely with the whimsical and outlandish colour choices used in many of Wes Anderson’s films. Take for example, ’Two Saints’, which sees a cacophony of cerise, persimmon, and mint green.
I see my pictures as stills from an unmade film
They are fictions above all.
Before and after is a mystery.
The moment held as a question.
I hope to evoke dream states, that may slip into nightmares, or resolutions.
I had drawn and painted a lot when I was young, and only came back to art about two years ago.
It was the morning after seeing " We the living", a film by Roy Andersson.
I needed to paint a moment, a scene, a fiction.
Silent players on a stage.
Most of the photo sources are my own, but some are found images. All my pictures are mixed media. I use acrylics, household paint, pen and pencil. Drawn elements are always there in the final picture. My influences are there to be seen, but I feel these pictures are truly mine, and still leave me asking, what was the question?