Mansion Artist Profiles: Matt Vadis

For the first in a new series of artist profiles, Mansion resident and budding art critic, Tom Glover, sat down with Matt Vadis to talk about his background, his practice, and why he loves having a studio at the Mansion.

Matt has been a fixture at the Mansion for a while, having occupied a studio for over five years.

“I love being surrounded by the nature here – it allows me to clear my head by walking in the woods. I also really value being surrounded by other artists, who are always on hand to provide motivation. The building has so much character plus there’s always something going on, so it never gets dull – not least when the parakeets fly in”

#1 – Mixed media on board

He studied Animation Production at Ravensbourne, fuelled by a childhood dream of being a Disney animator or working on Looney Tunes cartoons, but Fine Art eventually proved a more suitable direction for him.

“My main aim in any of my work is to contribute in any way to cultural change for the better. Animation still holds a soft spot for me though, and who knows it may enter into some future art projects.”

Matt’s inspiration comes mainly from seeing people do something well, so that when you look at the result you can tell they have put the care and time in to achieve something out of the ordinary through a combination of skill, passion and dedication. His artistic influences range wide depending on the project he’s working on, from illuminated manuscripts, Bauhaus design and typography, to the Dutch Old Masters.

“Balance” – part of ‘The Word’ series

“Rembrandt is a particular influence because of how he used his techniques to probe the human condition.”

At the moment, Matt is working on an ambitious, long-term series of portrait paintings. You can see the progress of this project at the next Open Studios events later in the year – keep an eye out for dates via website, social media or our newsletter. Matt’s work is also currently on display in the Mansion Bar & Café (pictured top) and you can purchase pieces at the Mansion or via his website.

Tom also works in the Mansion Bar & Café and has just kicked off a new project curating the art on display there – if you would like to get involved you can email him here!