About

usmarstudio

About

My name is Matt and I'm an artist currently living and working in the North Aegean.

I left behind me the big hectic city of London and my studio in Hackney and headed for the sublime tranquility of a Greek island.

In a former life after completing a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell University I went to work at The Royal National Theatre becoming a grade 1 scenic artist and then Head Of Department within a couple of years.

I worked for magazines such as 'World Of Interiors' and 'Elle Decoration' and painting West End sets and backdrops for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Macintosh. Gradually I started to move into the music and film industries painting world tour sets for the likes of The Rolling Stones and ACDC. This work took me around the world.

I freelanced ‘fulltime’ at BBC television centre working on shows like 'Later With Jools Holland', painting backdrops for David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bjork and many others. We painted the backdrops for the opening show at the Millennium Dome, the George Harrison Memorial Concert, the launch of Sky Television as well as many others.

After nine years or so I decided to become a full time artist and was picked up by 'Mobile Home' and then represented by 'Fred' London. My work was purchased by some big collections, including the British Government Art Collection and the Israel Contemporary Art Museum. After the second show with 'Fred' I was invited to have a one-man show at the Newlyn Gallery.

My studio is now located in a tiny village square close to my home which was once the old priest's house.