There are many things that influence the paintings of Matthew J. Pitts from Tintoretto to bad jokes to a dripping tap. There is no hierarchy to these eclectic inspirations, it's all fair game and all are welcomed equally. Pitts has stated that his paintings exist as objects in their own right and there is no agenda or hidden message. They are simply a collection of humble materials that provide a record of endeavour at a particular moment in time.
"In many ways painting can seem a selfish pursuit, but like many others I have a desire to create and I am drawn to the physical process of painting. I create work in an attempt to better understand the parameters of painting and in turn, better understand the world around me and my place within it. I hope that there is generosity to be found in the images that I make and that viewing them and living with them can be a positive experience".
Matthew J. Pitts
The artist enjoys the process of selecting the titles for his paintings. It is important to note that this process does not explain the content nor is it a description of the artwork. The painting is the content. A title is simply used to identify a painting. The picture and title learn to live together and exist as one but the picture is not defined by the title, or vice-versa. Often the titles say more about the artist and the moment in which they are formed, than they do about the content of the painting. Sometimes the title and image live together in harmony but on occasion this relationship will be an uneasy compromise.
Matthew J. Pitts is a British artist who studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design and is now based in St Leonards-on-Sea, on England's south coast. He has paintings in private collections in the UK, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.