© Susan Mannion.
Originally from England, Matthew moved to Belfast in 1990 to attend Queen’s University, and fourteen years later moved to Boyle in the West of Ireland, where he has been living for the last sixteen years. He has a number of academic qualifications including a BA in Politics & Scholastic Philosophy, an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, a University Certificate in Art History, and in 2002 he qualified as a professional librarian with a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin.
His journey in photography commenced eight years ago in March 2012, after having been lent a camera to take on holiday. He now works in both film and digital photography and enjoys trying out different types of photographic technique. As he is only eight years into his artistic journey, he is constantly striving to develop his skills and abilities, and has undertaken a number of courses to this end; in black and white film photography, black and white digital photography, landscape photography, wet plate collodion photography and photo intaglio printmaking.
In 2013 he set up Yew Tree Studio with printmaker, Susan Mannion and developed a website (www.yewtreestudio.ie) to promote their individual and collaborative work. He has undertaken two residencies at the Cill Rialaig Project, and since his first residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in 2013, he has become a regular resident of their print studio. He has exhibited at a number of exhibitions, and recent pinnacles along his artistic journey have been, being selected to exhibit at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition on five occasions in the last eight years years, having his work appear in 184th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy, having his photo intaglio work feature in the 158th International Print Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society and in the 2017 Original Print exhibition of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. In 2016, he was invited to become a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin and in 2017 received his Associateship of the Irish Photographic Federation.