Matthew Richardson’s research and practice exploits found images and framing devices to explore the slippages between fact & fiction, space & time. His work utilises photography, sound, text, assemblage and digital media to investigate how narratives shift in their re-telling and through changes in context.
Matthew originally studied Graphic Design (BA) at Middlesex University, followed by postgraduate study in Illustration at Central St. Martins, and Fine Art (MA) at UWIC, Cardiff. He has created work over widely differing contexts, including commissioned work for The Guardian, V&A, WPP, English National Opera, BBC, Penguin and Folio. He has taught and been a guest speaker at art colleges across the UK and currently teaches part-time at Norwich University of the Arts.
In 2014, Matthew illustrated ‘In Praise of Folly’ by the 15th century humanist, Erasmus, for Folio and presented a paper titled ‘In Praise of Folly: a Palimpsest of Foolery’ at ‘The Itinerant Illustrator’ hosted by Srishti College of Art and Design, Bangalore, which talked about the process. He is currently working on a project titled ‘Am I the Island’, an exploration of the narrative space in JG Ballard’s novel ‘Concrete Island’, which will be shown at Transition Gallery, London in 2016.