“Optimism is the Vital Force that Entangles itself with and then Shapes the Future.” - Matthew Stone
Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman. These two interconnected roles are defined by his activities as painter, photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, Optimist and cultural provocateur. Stone began his career as a leading influencer in a number of counter-cultural movements in London. He was instrumental in developing the South London art collective !WOWOW! as well as a central figure in the shift of sub-cultural understanding that came to re-imagine and later define areas of the East End of London during the mid 00’s.
Stone has been part of a number of critically acclaimed solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. In The United Kingdom he has shown at Tate Britain, The ICA and the Royal Academy of Art, and internationally at the Marrakech Biennale, Fiorucci Foundation and Viafarini, Milan. Stone has performed recent works at the Ny Glyptotek, Copenhagen and at the 2013 and 2014 editions of Art Basel Miami Beach.
In terms of composition, colour and treatment of the body, Stone works in explicit relation to the history of painting, seeking to understand and define broader abstract ideologies that relate to the body itself. The artist examines perceptions of interconnection, collaboration and hierarchy through the canon of art as propaganda, seeking to promote notions of social unity and optimism.
Stone’s most recent body of work demonstrates an innate enthusiasm for the development of painting within the framework of art history. He organises and examines complex statements in regard to the relationship between photography and painting, disrupting the holy status of painting as the ‘cosmic flesh’ of art history whilst simultaneously pushing the visceral experience of paint forward.
Stone’s performance art serves also as an important narrative in the artists’ oeuvre; one of his most significant recent works Love Focused Like A Laser was performed against the backdrop of Art Basel Miami 2013. Seeking an examination of the ‘uneasiness’ that exists within contemporary culture, Stone looks to promote philosophical and moral trajectories through an emotional manipulation of his audience. Journeying through a variety of complex notions and ideas, Stone intensively examines the lens’ through which human behaviours exist and adapt.
Matthew Stone was born in 1982 in London, England. He graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a first class honors degree in painting in 2004. Stone works across a number of different disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography and performance.