Matt Bodimeade is a painter who lives and works in West Sussex.
His work focuses on the South Downs - a place he knows well. The area around South Stoke and Offham was his playground as a child and first work place as a farm hand in his teens. His careful paintings are completed in his studio based on charcoal sketches and pastel drawings created out in the landscape. Wh...ilst the use of oil paints reveals an enjoyment of colour for its own sake rather than a photographic representation. Pinks, oranges, acid yellows; whatever suits the mood he’s trying to capture.
In most of these works there’s central motif: a wall, a track, a river or a railway. It is no coincidence that this division is often scythe or sickle shaped and seems to slice the landscape apart; the fields and woods suggest work, movement and energy, shaped like plough blades, discs, or saw teeth on either side of the central divide.
So as you stroll through Matt’s lanscapes, stopping beside the flint wall, or looking down a track to the river, enjoying the arrangement of colour and form, light and shade, rhythm and texture, and deep, vertigninous perspectives.
Having studied at West Sussex College of Art and Design and Brighton Polytecnic, Matt worked on a number of public and private commissions throughout the UK (including the Cass Sculpture Foundation).