CARP MATTHEW (b, 1980) Carp Matthew is a British artist born in Birmingham and based in London. Matthew is a visual artist predominately working with oils. He is known for his dark, visceral and grotesque style featuring mutated lost characters, Full of longing, despair and banality. Present within his works is a continual dichotomy of the personal and the social sphere. Continually roving between subject and observer, Carp Matthew's visualizations are at once the artists’ own nihilistic and dark observations of contemporary society with all of its hallowing pitfalls as well as the artists’ own longing to understand and assimilate into the world around him. His abstract figures are often depicted in empty rooms, or carrying out mundane and everyday tasks. Whilst their true nature or feelings are revealed through mutated expressions or physical manifestations. often worked with oils or acrylics using block background colours to highlight figures.
Carp Matthew has exhibited through out Britain and has recently started to cement himself within the international art fair circuit. He has been described as one of the most exciting, emerging figurative painters to come out of this decade. "Carp Matthew's brutally honest works are a welcomed breath of fresh air for the art world."