Each of Matt’s pieces demonstrate a relationship between form and shape. Their simple beauty, which depends heavily on line and colour, creates a fabulous, hypnotic movement coupled with a focused determined gaze.
Nature is his primary concern, from the countryside of Chance and Bolt, the homely such as Poised, a cat, and Milli, the bust of a dog (his sister’s pet), to the wild and fragile strength of Chase and Blue Bear.
Matt evokes a moment in time – the playful Picasso, leaping George, swooping Hunter, prowling bear, and their force on their environment – the bubbles rising as Junior dives, or his manipulation of heavy metal in attaching Chase to plinth by paw tip, conveying the flight-like quality of the cheetah’s sprint.
His rare depth of experience as a patinator is evident in the vibrant colouring of his sculptures, the end process of the craftsman-like ‘lost wax’ bronze casting. He takes the raw silver-coloured sculpture, ‘chased’ or smoothed of any joins and unwanted ridges and, in less than an hour with blowtorch heat, chemical and salt, the animal emerges in sapphire, emerald, cinnamon and grape.
Having worked with Talos Art Foundry since the beginning in 2010, and before that in Project Workshops – the artist studios in the foundry complex – Matt is adept in all stages of the casting process, which means he is in the enviable position of creating a sculpture all the way from clay to bronze.