Matthew Davison – Biography
I’m a painter based in Devon, I teach drawing and painting in groups and also one to one. I studied at Bradford School of art in the 1970’s, photography, printmaking and painting. For most of my professional life I worked in television and film as Director of Photography, with 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 in 2001 at Royal West of England Academy.
Representation by the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge.
My painting workshops in oils and acrylics are friendly, inclusive and very popular. We paint and draw in the surrounding countryside, going 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 skills.
I also do workshops and demonstrations at Art Groups and Societies, please contact me via the details at the top of this page
After many years of making images as a cinematographer, looking through lenses, 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 landscape, and though familiar, it is always different. This observation defines the painting.