Matt Mackman almost died when he was 15. Years later, he's turned his meningitis induced fever dreams into artworks exploring the fragility of life.
Matt Mackman's paintings use marble dust from a grave stone engraver to reflect a sense of mortality. Matt combines elements in this way to produce multi-layered and rich-textured work that invites the viewer to look closer… and then closer still. Graffiti, journals, diaries and popular culture are all referenced in the collection.
Mackman is creating 2 separate collections at the same time, but each has a central theme of mortality. In the images above the final 4 pictures are taken from this second collection, they are a series of battlefield paintings created in response to his grandfather’s experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war. Found imagery, stencilling, paint, papers, varnishes and powders are amongst the materials and techniques used to create these works.
Mackman's works juxtapose beauty and decay, life and death, light and dark, dreams and nightmares. I was taken with his neon artworks that pay homage to some of music’s most loved lyrics, with a backdrop that mimic the band and the mode of the chosen song.