Born: 5th September 1956
1975 - 1979: Byam Shaw School of Art
Byam Shaw Diploma in Fine Art
Prizes: Graham Nickson Drawing Prize, 1977 and 1978
Matthew Berry studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art from 1975 to 1979 with Simon Willis, Frank Bowling, Diana Armfield, Marigold Hodgkinson and Graham Nickson among others where he twice won the Byam Shaw/Graham Nickson drawing prize.
Matthew’s work has been exhibited regularly in South London, St Just in Penwith and Newlyn in Cornwall and also at the Runnymede Gallery, Old Windsor. His work has attracted interest abroad, as well as in the UK, and he has clients in Crete, Germany and New York.
His paintings explore the abstract possibilities inherent within landscape where light, colour and composition are the primary motives. While some of his paintings are painted in front of the subject, most are developed in the studio from sketches made ‘en plein air’, Matthew develops his images in an organic and intuitive process balancing the forms and colour to bring his paintings to life and portray his initial reactions to the subject.
David exhibits regularly and has recently had work selected for the BP Portrait Award, Threadneedle Prize, ING Discerning Eye, Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Collection, Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
He has been the recipient of several awards and residencies, most recently the Royal Drawing School's Moritz-Heyman Residency, Italy (2014), The Founder's Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye (2011), and the Bulldog Bursary at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2010).
David lives and works as an artist in London.
Born: Sheffield 1965
Lives: London & Bucureşti
Sheffield City Polytechnic Fine Art Painting BA (Hons)
"I am a visual artist and tutor with particular experience and interests in image making including painting, drawing, photography, collage and more recently performance.
Now based in Bucharest,
I lived previously in London where I exhibited and taught at various colleges and institutions. My approach to teaching concentrates on the relationship between the variety of factors and materials that are used to articulate the formal means required for a picture.
I place particular importance on an understanding of colour and the multitude of ways to create space. Beyond the formal aspects are personal and subjective concerns, which I also stress the importance of."