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Totem (2017) oil and acrylic on canvas, 150x240cm
Deer (2017) oil and acrylic on panel, 90x120cm
When They Laugh At Mickey It Is Because He Is So Human (2015), oil and acrylic on cotton and panel, 150x120cm
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Often fusing elements of both pop and gothic art, Matthew Atkinson’s depictions of eerie hinterlands are both sinister and darkly comical. With inspiration and subject matter stemming from a number of disparate sources – religion, childhood, the British landscape, death, and memory – Atkinson aims to remind the viewer of their own vulnerabilities. By utilising techniques from abstract and representational art, paintings are created which seem to straddle multiple worlds. Infantile motifs such as Disney’s Pinocchio and a brightly coloured playhouse are shrouded and degraded as if timeworn – as if they were lifted from their own worlds and placed into underworlds which slowly consume them. Atkinson deftly furthers this by incorporating luminescent glazes and new media layers onto his work, opening up the otherwise singular dimensionality of the works to new layers of meaning.

MATTHEW ATKINSON (b. 1985, Kent, England) lives and works in Gravesend, UK. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from Loughborough University in 2007.  Solo exhibitions include: 'PARA', NAM Project, Milan, Italy (2018); Superior Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2017); 'Albanese Arte', Via XX Settembre, Italy (2014); and 'PARALAND', NAM Project, Milan, Italy (2013). Group exhibitions include: 'ARTIST OF THE DAY', Flowers Gallery, London (2013); 'At Home Salon', Marcelle Joseph Project, Ascot, UK (2012); 'Exposition de Groupe', Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); 'SUPERUNKNOWN', Edel Assanti, London, UK (2010); and 'Bright Lights of London Painting', Resy Muijsers Contemporary Art, Tolburg, Netherlands (2010).

Often fusing elements of both pop and gothic art, Matthew Atkinson’s depictions of eerie hinterlands are both sinister and darkly comical. With inspiration and subject matter stemming from a number of disparate sources – religion, childhood, the British landscape, death, and memory – Atkinson aims to remind the viewer of their own vulnerabilities. By utilising techniques from abstract and representational art, paintings are created which seem to straddle multiple worlds. Infantile motifs such as Disney’s Pinocchio and a brightly coloured playhouse are shrouded and degraded as if timeworn – as if they were lifted from their own worlds and placed into underworlds which slowly consume them. Atkinson deftly furthers this by incorporating luminescent glazes and new media layers onto his work, opening up the otherwise singular dimensionality of the works to new layers of meaning.

MATTHEW ATKINSON (b. 1985, Kent, England) lives and works in Gravesend, UK. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from Loughborough University in 2007.  Solo exhibitions include: 'PARA', NAM Project, Milan, Italy (2018); Superior Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2017); 'Albanese Arte', Via XX Settembre, Italy (2014); and 'PARALAND', NAM Project, Milan, Italy (2013). Group exhibitions include: 'ARTIST OF THE DAY', Flowers Gallery, London (2013); 'At Home Salon', Marcelle Joseph Project, Ascot, UK (2012); 'Exposition de Groupe', Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); 'SUPERUNKNOWN', Edel Assanti, London, UK (2010); and 'Bright Lights of London Painting', Resy Muijsers Contemporary Art, Tolburg, Netherlands (2010).