Matthew Richardson
Email: matthew (at) halfhidden (dot) com Twitter: @MatthewRubble Instagram matthewrubble

I explore how objects and images become significant through recognition or mis-recognition and through changes in context. I am interested in alternative histories, social myths and half-hidden stories. I am interested in the relationship between fact and fiction (and the space between). My practice and research derive from exploring and exploiting found imagery, objects and historic and fictional moments that are re-purposed to provoke questions of ‘believability’ and authenticity. I am looking at how images and ideas become shared, and culturally significant. Many of the images on these pages show ongoing series (or concerns) and much of the work is explored across forms - object-book-print-film. I often create work in shifting sets or sequences, which fall towards a ‘narrative’ reading. Matthew’s work engages with staging and artifice, the future possibilities of objects and images alongside the potential histories that they carry. The work rests on the edge of possibility. It also deals with nostalgia, but without the melancholic edge, rather it is a re-invention or re-invigoration. The work functions as a graphic depiction of imaginative projection; reality is a malleable and flexible thing. Anthony Shapland, g39, Cardiff

Exhibitions & Projects
2017 ‘Strange Pilgrimage: Elements of a Narrative' (with Emily Mitchell, Leah Fusco and Mireille Fauchon) Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury 2016 ‘Adaptation’ (with Jackie Chettur and Gerbrand Burger) Transition Gallery, London 2015 ‘Critical Messages', Levinsky Building, Plymouth University 2015 Hidden In Plain Sight, NUA Gallery, Norwich 2013 ‘Library of Lost Books’ Library of Birmingham 2012 ‘It was never going to be straightforward, g39, Cardiff. 2011 ‘Imagined Machines’ TestBed project space, Oriel Davies, Powys 2010 V&A Awards, London 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bala 2008 'Conduits, Schemes + Spheres', George Rodger Gallery, UCA Maidstone 2008 ‘If You Build It, They Will Come’, g39, Cardiff 2008 ‘The Rise and Progress of Superstition’, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Powys (solo) 2007 ‘Artinnit’, Pontypridd Artists’ Network, Pontypridd 2007 ‘Images 31’, MAC, Birmingham 2006 ‘Surface’, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys 2005 ‘Begining, Middle & End’, g39, Cardiff (with Jenna Collins and Karla Williams) 2005 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bangor 2004 ‘Perfectly Normal’, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff 2004 Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset 2003 Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2003 Oriel Canfas, Cardiff 2003 Art 2003, Catto Contemporary Art, London 2002 ‘Everyday Things That Don’t Exist’, Phoenix Arts, Brighton (solo) 2002 Harlech Biennale, Oriel Cemlyn, Harlech 2002 National Eisteddfod of Wales, St. Davids 2002 ‘Contemporary Welsh Art’, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art, Hampshire 2002 ‘Compute+’, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire 2001 ‘Prints and Works on Paper’, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Powys (solo) 2001 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbigh, Wales 2001 ‘Showcase Wales’, Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth 2001 Brewery Arts, Kendal 2001 London International Print Biennale, Morley Gallery, London

2014 ‘Illustrating Folly’, Folio Journal (Sept, pp. 36-41) 2013 Library of Lost Books, Birmingham Library. 2012 The Authorial Illustrator, Atlantic Press; 2012 ‘t was never going to be straightforward, g39, Cardiff. ; 2011 Printmaking Today, ‘First Folio’ Vol. 20 No.3; Albert Camus, ‘The Outsider’, Folio (interior illustrations ‘Meowmorphosis’ by Coleridge Cook, Quirk Books (interior illustrations); Suzanne Hinchliffe, ‘River of Life’ Design Week 2010 Gina Cross, ‘Images 34' (Editorial essay), AOI Publications 2009 Mark Wigan, ‘Illustration in Global Contexts’, AVA Academia Publication; Adrian Plant, (Catalogue essay), National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bala, 2006 Mark Wigan, ‘Thinking Visually’, Watson-Guptill Publications 2005 Emily Mitchell, (Interview), The Journal (09/05) 2002 National Eisteddfod of Wales, St. David’s, Catalogue 2002 Susan Aldworth, ‘Creative Response’ (Interview), The Journal (06/02) 2000 Gillian Rhys, ‘We Are Not Worthy’, Eve Magazine (09/00) 2000 Robert Mason, ‘A Digital Dolly’, Norwich School of Art and Design (pp. 4,30).

2015 Speaker: Adaptation and the Metropolis, University of London 2014 Speaker: Paper: ‘In Praise of Folly: a Palimpsest of Foolery’ ‘The Itinerant Illustrator’ The 5th International Illustration Research Symposium, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore 2010 Speaker: 'The Untamed Tiger' Open Forum, University College Falmouth

Teaching & Employment
2012 - Current Norwich University of the Arts (BA) P/T Lecturer, 2007- 12 Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys, Design & Marketing 2009-10 Central St Martins (Visiting Lecturer, MA) 2008-09 Stockport College of Art & Design (BA) P/T Lecturer 2008 Visiting Lecturer, UCA Maidstone (BA) 2004-6 Part-Time Lecturer, Hereford College of Arts (BA) 2006 Visiting Lecturer, Stockport College of Art & Design (BA) 2004 Visiting Lecturer, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (BA) 2002 Visiting Lecturer, Coleg Powys, Newtown (Foundation) 1998 Visiting Lecturer, Hereford College of Arts (BA) 1996 External Assessor, Stockport College of Art & Design (BA) 1995 Visiting Lecturer, Norwich School of Art & Design (BA) 1992 Visiting Lecturer, Middlesex University, London (MA)

Residencies, Bursaries & Awards
2012 V&A Illustration Awards, London 2011 ‘Getting Inside the Outsider, Folio/House of Illustration Award 2010 V&A Illustration Awards, London 2008 NAN Artists New Collaborations Bursary 2007 AOI UK Award (Silver) for ‘Sexing the Cherry’ by Jeanette Winterson 2006 AOI UK Award (Gold) for ‘In Evil Hour’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 2005 AOI UK Award (Bronze) for ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 2000-1 Artist in Residence, Printmaking Department, Herefordshire College of Art and Design 1992 EC Bursary to study Computers in Art, CASCAAD, Middlesex University

Illustration work I have worked as an illustrator for many clients in the UK and abroad and I am represented for my illustration work by Heart in London and New York. Commissions include work for: Victoria & Albert Museum, Channel 4 TV, The British Council, EMI, ENO, Penguin, The Guardian, New York Times. To look at my illustration website, please visit: Matthew Richardson I also have a blog at: Kingdom of Rubble