Matthew Schofield

Matthew Schofield

Matthew Schofield is a Toronto based Canadian born artist who has been exhibiting his artwork in commercial galleries and artist run centres nationally and internationally since 1996. He has exhibited solo shows and group exhibitions in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Toronto and Florence. Matthew's work has been highlighted in Toronto Life Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and NOW Magazine. He is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, which is an overview of the state of Canadian painting in 2008. Matthew is a founding member of the blunt Collective, a group of artists investigating the role of narrative painting. In 2009 he was a finalist in the Kingston Prize for Portraiture. Matthew started his education in Architecture and finished as an honours graduate in fine arts from both McMaster University and Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2001 Matthew was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and in 2006 he was part of a group nomination for an Oscar for his digital matte painting work in film. 

Matthew is focused on observing the ignored. The overarching theme of his work has been painting images of the unnoticed snapshots and overlooked moments while attempting to order the outcome of random sequences. Matthew creates images that are accidental compositions unwittingly created by digging and sorting through boxes and piles of hundreds of moments of suspended animation. It is part of an on-going exploration of collecting and hording of the incidental random moments in photographs. The resulting images are painted versions of the original photographs contemplated and filtered though the painter's eyes and hands resulting in the ordered outcome of the cumulative imagery. 

Artist Statement:
Making the most of Snap Decisions series, are paintings created from the 4 x 6 inch photographs taken by the artist's younger self. The images are accidental compositions unwittingly created at various stages of the artist's life. 
Making the most of Snap Decisions is the result of digging and sorting through boxes and piles of hundreds of moments of suspended animation. It is part of an on-going exploration of collecting and hording of the incidental random moments in photographs. The resulting images are painted versions of the original youthful photographs contemplated and filtered though the painter's eyes and hands. 
Making the most of Snap Decisions is an exhibition of the ordered outcome of the cumulative imagery..