Mathew was born In Harpenden, United Kingdom where he lived with his sister and parents until the age of two. He was then brought up, and Educated in U.A.E (Abu Dhabi), Qatar, Bahrain, St. Lucia and England as his family moved around due to the nature of his father's work. Mathew first studied Art and Design at West Surrey College of Art and Design and later at London College of Printing (London Institute). He then lived and worked in London for ten years before moving to Ireland in 2006 to teach surfing and to study for a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Sligo Institute of Technology. In 2014 Mathew moved to New York City to study an MFA at Hunter College as a painter, graduating in May 2016. He now lives and works in New York, and his studio is located on the waterfront in RedHook, Brooklyn.
As a painter, I am interested in the built environment and the forms, shapes and perimeters of the spaces, places and non-places we define. There are numerous formal, material and compositional elements that inform my work but mostly it is an attempt to unearth some kind of understanding of myself and my sense of place. As someone who travelled extensively as a child my sense of home has always been very fixed to an internal sense of familiarity and never to a physical location as defined on a map. As such, my paintings are a way for me to question my surroundings and the definition of space that we collectively impose on ourselves. I am most interested in spaces that might be considered non-places or that are fairly utilitarian like subway stations or gateways and barriers that divide space and either refuse or control access. These spaces are often transient in nature and may serve either as connecting blocks or conversely as barriers to other places. My work is deeply rooted in the conversation between photography and painting and I use my own photographic images as a framework from which to build each painting. The resulting paintings are a departure from the source image that dismisses the illusion of the photograph and highlights the structure, materiality and building process of the painting itself.
All images courtesy of Mathew Tucker