Matthew Burrows etchings The Seer and The Prophet are inspired by the Japanese cult TV series, Monkey. Monkey, in which the mischievous central character possessed the ability to distinguish the perverse from the real.
Burrows believes the etchings are perhaps best seen in this paradoxical and mischievous light. The Seer seems to suggest that his sight is void and he is unable to speak, perhaps his mouth shares the faculties of imagination and therefore of vision. Burrows says, “Risking heresy, The Seer and The Prophet sit on the margins of cultures. They seek not mere sniggers and a mocking gaze; their presence is too felt for that, but to make way for telling the monsters lie.”
Matthew Burrows was born in 1971 in the Wirral, UK, and currently lives and works in Sussex. He studied as an undergraduate at Birmingham School of Art in 1990-93 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in painting from the Royal College of Art London in 1995
Burrows’ is known for his uncompromising and sensually unnerving paintings and drawings. He explores through the layering of paint and form images, which act as both transitional acts of prayer and sexual devotion. It is the strength of Burrows’ draughtsmanship that gives the fluidity of his work its haunting sense of presence.
Solo exhibitions include Cultic Twister Alexia Goethe Gallery, London, 2009; Anyone Here? Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 2003; A Divine Comedy Gloucester Cathedral, touring to Gloucester City Art Gallery, Huddersfield City Art Gallery, 2000-2001.Group exhibitions include Selektionseffekte Blain|Southern, Berlin, with Anton Henning, Rachel Howard, 2011; Foolish Romantics Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight, 2010; Layers Seongnam Arts Centre, Korea, 2010; John Moores 24 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2006. Awards and prizes include;1999-2000 Artist in Residence, Gloucester Cathedral, 1999-2000; 2006 John Moores 24, Prize Winner, 2006; Artist's Residency, National Gallery, London, 2000-2001.