Paramutual
Paramutual

Oil on Linen 180x250cm 2014

The Way of the World
The Way of the World

Oil on Linen 180x150cm 2015

Paraland
Paraland

Oil on Linen 150x200cm 2013

All I need
All I need

Oil on Linen 142x122cm 2014

Consumptive
Consumptive

Oil and Acrylic on Linen 142x122cm 2014

Beyonder
Beyonder

Oil on Canvas 60x50cm 2014

Endoskeleton
Endoskeleton

Oil on cotton on Board 28x23cm 2013

Vestigiality
Vestigiality

Oil on Linen 60x45cm 2013

Untitled
Untitled

Oil on Board 40x30cm 2013

Oil and Acrylic on Silk on Print on Board 150x100cm 2013

Remnant
Remnant

Oil on Polyeseter 45x28cm 2013

Beginnings
Beginnings

Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour on Silk on Print on Board 160x100cm 2013

Hallow Hus
Hallow Hus

Oil on Linen 140x90cm 2013

Hogan
Hogan

Oil on Linen 90x70cm 2013

Tseghi
Tseghi

Oil on Linen 90x70cm 2013

All I need
All I need

Oil on Linen 30x40cm 2018

ParaLand

2013 - 2018

‘Paraland’ is a concept and practice that works through series, in order to challenge perceptions of reality. Matthew John Atkinson creates fictitious ethereal hinterlands that are eerily constructed and ambiguous. In his paintings he recreates a different reality, an unknowable universe, within which paradoxical situations and entities come to life.

 

Paintings appear threateningly mysterious and otherworldly, with depictions of Brothers Grimm and Disney like bird Houses that contain a multitude of preloaded connotations; embodying everything from the darkly sinister to the hopeful and elevated.

 

Toy model houses seem to intimate an over simplification of conceptual systems, yet are used allegorically to invite the viewer into the artist’s universe in order to deal with the fundamental complexities of our understanding of systems that form our existence.