Matthew Schofield is a Toronto based Canadian born artist who has been exhibiting his artwork in commercial galleries, museums and artist run centres nationally and internationally since 1996, and is a founding member of the blunt Collective, a group of artists investigating the role of narrative painting. In 2001 Matthew was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and in 2006 he was nominated for an Oscar for his digital matte painting work in film.
Matthew's current painting series explores snapshots painted with unsentimental observation. He is interested in observing the idiosyncratic nature of the photographer and their subjects. The overarching theme of his work has been painting snapshots and overlooked moments while attempting to order the outcome of random sequences. Matthew creates installations of small paintings by digging and sorting through boxes and piles of hundreds of inherited slides and photos. It is part of an on-going exploration of collecting and hording of the incidental random moments in photographs. The resulting paintings are usually one to one scale recreations of the original photographs installed in collage form; giving order and/or disorder to the cumulative imagery.