Throughout the course of history, the human figure has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for artists. At some point in an artist's career he will have studied the figure, regardless of the style or genre he is currently adopting.
The difficulty that each artist faces when trying to translate what he sees, his thoughts and emotions in to a visual language seem to be magnified when applied to the human form. It is a less forgiving genre than most as the limitations of the artist's' talent can be recognised only too well. To be able to create a work of figurative art which allows the viewer the freedom to enjoy the whole, without noting any inadequacies of form requires great talent.
Matthew Haywood, twice runner up of the prestigious NatWest Painting Prize, has the talent and skill to bypass the question of technique, permitting us to engage with his work, both on an emotional and aesthetic level and without being forced to react to any physical and technical misgivings.
Seemingly obvious that his strength comes from his inspiration, whether it be triggered from a domestic setting - his wife and child, family or friend, or directly from a television or newspaper article, Matthews inspiration is always something that generates a need to reflect a strong felt concept and emotion.
"In my work there is always a tension between an emotionally charged subject matter and the need to make a strong impact in purely visual terms. I am trying to tell a story but without forcing a particular interpretation on the viewer. I want the work to provoke a range of responses". The artist.
Using a variety of mediums and techniques, from Monotype printing to Oil on Canvas, pastel Gouache and watercolor, Matthew utilises each medium to accentuate and heighten the works sense of luminosity, drama and mystery.
Matthew Haywood studied History at Oxford University and Painting at West Surrey College of Art and Design. Professionally trained at Morley College London he has exhibited widely in London and Dorset and has had work featured in Art Review Magazine.
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