About the Artist
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Nominated for Ashurst Emerging Artist Award (2019)
Matthew Mifsud was born in Luqa, Malta. He attended the University of Malta where he read Chemistry and Biology. After a brief stint working in the pharmaceutical industry, he moved to Edinburgh where he completed a Masters in Creative Advertising. Moving to London, he started his career as an art director at various ad agencies, where he was involved in the rebranding of easyJet and relaunching British staple brands such as Pukka Pies and Vimto. His work in advertising heavily influences his current style. He also did a brief stint at the Royal National Theatre as the deputy art director. He has been involved in several small exhibitions, but his most recent one saw him exhibiting at the Royal Academy as part of their Summer exhibition and at the Brick Lane gallery.
I think of my work as a small window into another world; a world free from anxiety and chaos. I find the process of painting these very therapeutic. It allows me to escape into these worlds and spaces and calm my mind down, which is continually racing, pacing and trying to understand. Constant bombardment from social media, advertising and media messages is very draining. These paintings represent a respite and refuge. The bold colours used in each piece act as a catalyst to re-energise me. While the sharp lines offer a sense of order, and the use of perspective provides a stronger sense of space - inviting a viewer to step into the world I’ve built.