Artist Statement

Over the last two years I have developed a contemporary take on traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques.  I print by hand using very lightweight handmade paper.  This allows me to play with the tonal variations that could not be achieved by the uniform pressure of a printing press.

Paper preparation has been a key process so far in my practice. The subtle variations and manipulations in the surface of the paper can greatly affect the way the ink interacts. More recently I have been exploring a technique known as baren-suji; whereby I effectively draw on the reverse of the paper after it has been laid on the inked up block.  The translucency of the paper allows me to partially see what I am doing, however for the most part I am making these marks blind.  There is an appeal in the meeting of the two main processes here for me (carving and printing) and a balance provided by the contrast between them.  The printing itself is fast and expressive whereas the carving has a methodical and slower nature.

Although using printmaking techniques everything I make is an original one of one.  Like monoprints, they cannot be repeated.  Recently I have started carving significantly bigger blocks, producing sub A0 prints.  I will take many different compositions from a single block, as each outcome is unique.  In this respect I produce a “series” of prints, rather than strict editions.

I am currently studying the architecture of flight.  In this journey I have been struck by how the ecosystem of a tree and its’ birds is mirrored in behaviour and movement by the marine environment of fish on a coral reef.  Nature has echoing organic patterns.  I push my depictions of these natural forms to lose their identity and become more archetypal.  At this point they have the potential to move beyond classification, become undefined and be reimagined.

My first International solo show will be at The Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis USA in September 2018.




Matthew Lintott is a Bristol based artist and printmaker working between Bristol and London as an exhibiting artist.

He began studying in 1994 at Dewsbury College of Arts.  This was followed by graduating from Brunel with a fine art degree then working within the music industry for 15 years until 2016 when he returned to the practice of visual arts.

A focus on printmaking culminated in an artist in residence position in London that spring.  During this time he learnt and experimented with a variety of techniques and processes.  His work with woodcut relief and paper preparation forms the basis of an experimental mixed media approach. 

From Spring to Summer 2016 he was the Artist-in-Residence at City Lit University in Holborn, London.  This was City Lit University's first time creating such a position. Matthew was mentored throughout the residency by Thomas Gosebruch.

  • Foundation in Art and design at Dewsbury College

  • Honours degree in Fine Art at Brunel University

  • MA in Creative Technology Design at Leeds University

  • Artist in residence at City Lit University London 2016




Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London

The Natural Eye, Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

Annual Open, Royal West Academy, Bristol

[SOLO] The Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis, USA


Awagami International, Tokushima, Japan

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London

The Natural Eye, Mall Galleries, London

Annual Open, Royal West Academy, Bristol

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

Flaxon Ptooch, Dis-till, London


Safehouse 1, E-merge, London


                                                                                2017 Exhibitions & Highlights