Spectacular Showcase of Photographer & Artist Matthew Thomas

Our next feature showcases a Liverpool-based creative with a difference. More than a photographer, Matthew Thomas of Mattomica is a traditionally trained artist utilising the latest new media technologies to create imagery that’s not only innovative, but compelling, and he is bringing all this to the commercial world!

Matthew is an award-winning artist and photographer with over twenty years professional photography experience, shooting diverse subjects from editorial portraits, to behind-the-scenes documentary film images. Matthew has won numerous commissions, photographing a wide spectrum of images for films, theatre and Carnivals, both here (UK) and in the West-Indies.What’s more, he has been featured in the ‘Object of Dreams’ and ‘Black and White Photography’ magazines. Now a concept photographer for musicians’ bands and corporate clients, he has shot many musical genres over the years, from heavy metal groups to hip-hop bands. Matthew exhibits his fine art work widely (in particular, an event this year in Barabados). He wishes to bring his creative / montage vision to the music world in both still and video imagery, specifically for the web and print media.

“My work has a visceral meaning that belies its visual surface and process. This process is as important as the final show. I try to not use the same methods for each project; this brings a fresh impetuous to truly explore all of the possibilities. I use photography – with digital imaging technologies – to create layers that question historical and cultural concepts of time and space, so all have the consideration of the size and placement in the series. Each project often consists of multiple works, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. My work has progressed; from the earlier years, where pieces would consist of single image statements, developing into various multi-image series.Though I work quite deliberately, employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my consciousness is the undisputed project manager. The concrete, repetitive nature of this work frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for a ‘happy accident’ to influence the finished product. My influences for photography include Henri Cartier Bresson, Chris Anthony, Albert Watson and more and I take inspiration for my artwork from famous figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Magritte, Tinguly, Chagall and Monet.”

The Paradigm Effect

Carnival Happy:lead image for the 'Roots and Wings' exhibition

The Wall - concept dance artwork

Kaloseidos One: shown as part of Liverpool Design Festival 2010


CD cover for the band 'Sick Circus'. Album: Calm before the Storm

C>Zero: 'Adventures of Reality'

'Pulsation Modulation' inspired by the Improvisation dance artist Paula Hampson

'Kurt Vile & the Violators' - for 'Object of Dreams' Magazine for the Liverpool Sound City 2011 festival


'Trial of the Pyx'- Concept dance artwork

Current work / Exhibitions

The exhibition at MerseyBio, Liverpool (on until April 2012), is an exhibition of Giclee prints, Lenticular print, light-box installation and animation, all exploring the values of art, science and nature through mathematical sequences; the visual spectrum, and the relationship of the ‘unknown universe’ – his personal interpretation of the Chaos Theory. This ‘Kaloseidos’ exhibition is based on the fusing of art and science and nature, through the Fibonacci number sequence. Matthew is making plans to create a live projection with a concert pianist at a suitable venue very soon, so watch this space.

You can follow Matthew on his website at http://mattomica.viewbook.com/, on Twitter @Mattomica and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mattomica.

Don’t miss other creative photographers; Christopher DevereuxPriti ShikotraDotmoxee Photography & Laimonas Stasiulis.

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