Janine Matthews was born in 1965 in Bristol, United Kingdom. She graduated Summa Cum Lauda with an MFA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia in 2019. Matthews received her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking with University Honours from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia in 2016.
In addition to her painting practice, Matthews completed many international mural commissions before returning to live in the UK in 2020.
Her works are included in numerous private collections, including Amazon Web Services Private Collection in Washington, DC.
Matthews currently lives and works in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The manipulation of essential qualities within textiles and lumber in much of my work is influenced by the legacy conveyed to me by makers and artists in my family. The inherent beauty lurking within materials such as wood and unadorned fabric inspires my physical utilisation of raw, unprocessed textiles. Walnut, twine, rope, cotton and burlap interspersed with acrylic medium and paint inspire and inform my usual creative direction. More recently, I have revisited watercolour and other aqueous mediums to create my current body of work, which is inspired by my surroundings and my childhood, growing up in Bristol.
After 8 years of undergraduate and graduate study, as well as a journey of 4 years exploring representational self-portraiture enhanced by circumspect abstract detail, I enjoy creating works heavily influenced by craft and making. Elements of warp and weft and texture permeate my work regardless of medium. I cannot disavow my hereditary heritage; I am unable to eschew ancestral influence, especially the close family members in my life who were accomplished makers, artisans and artists. As a marked contrast to my creative investigations of the past years, I feel compelled to reconsider my original artistic roots. If not for craft, my personal career in fine art would likely never have evolved. Water based art is a constant I have returned to time and time again throughout my career and I find it the most appropriate medium currently to express my creative direction now that I am back home in the UK.