P1110210Matthew Hilton was born in London in 1948. His father was an abstract artist and his mother an orchestral viola player. He grew up and was schooled in North Kensington and Hammersmith.

At the age of fourteen he played the deaf-mute in in a semi professional production of Il Seraglio. He gained first class BA Honours in Cinema Studies from Bournemouth University and then worked for Welfare State International Theatre Company touring the UK and Europe abroad for two seasons as a filmaker/performer before marrying and becoming a fireman in West Yorkshire.

He re-emerged as an artist in 1982 and went on to have a successful career with a London gallery, Austin-Desmond. He was described as "...one of the leading printmakers of his generation" and his graphic work has been collected by, amongst others: Freud Museum London, Government Collection Whitehall, Saint Thomas Hospital London, Birmingham Art Gallery, Kasser Foundation, United States, British Council, Bibliothèque Nationale France.

From time to time he supported his practice by working as a surveyor of unclassified roads, an energy grant inspector, a museum photographer, a caretaker for holiday homes and a bird scarer at RAF Marham.

bookBreaking the pattern he moved to France and completed two graphic/literary projects, an erotic memoir My way of loving beasts with local lithographer Philippe Parage and a semi-fictional journal of an immigrant From La Franqui to Ramonville (exhibited by Milles Tiroirs Pamiers 2012) as well as several fictions in ebook form available at Smashwords.

In 2014 Matthew penned the libretto Mau Mau - the Opera and began a collaboration with Australian composer Taran Carter. The opera is now ready to produce. This summer, at the invitation of contemporary art curator David Thorp, Matthew will be engineering a performance piece based on that text for Firstsite Colchester using volunteer cineastes and performers. Dialogue of all sorts welcome.

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Images from the Private View, 6th May, 2018

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Previous exhibition : MATTHEW HILTON

Matthew's website : www.apwb.org