Matthew Davison – Landscape painter

          Matthew Davison

I’m a landscape painter based in Dartmoor Devon, I studied at Bradford College of Art, on the foundation course in 1975 developed by Martin Dutton followed by printmaking, studying under Alan Marks, Ian Gardner & Doug Binder.

I worked for most of my professional life in television and film as Director of Photography, winning awards for cinematography, photography, theatre & opera lighting design.

As an artist, my body of work started in 1978 with Elephant size screen prints, selected at Royal West of England Academy. Painting in acrylics, I draw inspiration from Dartmoor, working from my studio in Bovey Tracey.

Member of Devon Artist Network

Practice

From years of making images as a cinematographer looking through lenses all my life, observing and creating light on set and stage, painting has re-invigorated the creative process for me beyond the strictures the camera. In painting I seek the pure joy and drama of landscape, it’s form and how it’s affected by light.

Atmosphere, imagination and expression are important to me in a painting. These elements become a transformation of memory and observation into a new thing, a painting with a life of it’s own.

I often return to the same piece of Dartmoor landscape, and though familiar, it is always different. This observation defines the painting.

I have recently started teaching workshops on Landscape painting in acrylics at Dartington Hall. The two day workshops are really enjoyable and we paint and draw in the surrounding countryside of Dartington. We then go back into the large studio space to start working on paintings over a two day period. At the end of the workshop my students go away with new knowledge and paintings they have completed or will work on further.

Currently my paintings can be seen at the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge.