Matthew Davison – Biography
I’m a painter based in Devon, I teach drawing and painting at the School of Art & Wellbeing near Honiton. The art school is in a little corner of exquisite Devon countryside with a view all the way to Dartmoor and only a mile from the market town of Honiton with a direct train line to London Waterloo. 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.
Painting workshops & classes
My classes can be found on the School of Art and Wellbeing website these work on a term basis usually following the Devon schools term dates. I also do workshops, both are friendly, inclusive and very popular. Paint and draw in the surrounding countryside, painting in the large studio at SAW.
I also do workshops and demonstrations with 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.