STPI Public Talk with Artist and Curator Bob Matthews

“Contemporary Printmaking and the Legacy of David Hockney at the Royal College of Art”


Join Bob Matthews, an artist and curator, from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, for a talk about the advances in the medium of printmaking. In conjunction with STPI’s David Hockney exhibition, Matthews will also share insight into Hockney’s time as a student at the RCA and take a look at the early works he produced there, such as his etching series, The Rake’s Progress (1961-9163).


Bob Matthews has worked as a tutor in the Printmaking Department at the RCA since 2002. He was educated at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design, Kent Institute of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art.Both his studio practice and recent curatorial projects focus on the landscape and its use by Utopian communities. Bob has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, where his work is held in public and private collections.


He was the 1998 Fine Art Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire, Printmaking Fellow at the RCA in 1999 and was nominated for the ICA/Beck Futures Award in 2000. During the last 10 years he has had solo exhibitions in London and San Francisco and has taken part in numerous exhibitions, including those at the Jerwood Gallery, Gasworks Gallery, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Art Dunkerque and the Royal Academy of Art. He has also curated exhibitions for Castlefield Gallery, Cell Project Space, Herbert Read Gallery, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery, Royal College of Art, The Nunnery, the Bank of America and the Study Gallery of Modern Art.


Publications include: Lubok 8: London Special, Lubok Verlag Leipzig, Germany (2009) and Review articles include: Shotgun Review, June 2009; Art Monthly, March 2008; Flash Art, January 2008.


He is also senior lecturer in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury.


Image credits: David Hockney, Bedlam (from The Rake’s Progress) 1961-63, Etching and aquatint.