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    Matthew Stone: Unconditional Commitment to Sacred Love

Matthew Stone's artworks capture the raw sensuality of the human form

Posted by James Cartwright,

Matthew Stone is more than just an artist, he’s a shaman, a tour de force, a happening and something of a legend. Or so reads his artists bio. Matthew has created a cult status for himself in London since graduating from Camberwell College of Art in 2004 with a degree in painting. But make no mistake, he’s not really a painter. Between 2005 and 2008 Matthew spearheaded the South London arts collective ! WOWOW !, running riot across the capital with a barrage of squat parties, gallery shows and performances, provoking the interests of Dazed and Confused and i-D; the poster boy for London’s art scene.

All this myth and legend would be hard to swallow were it not for the fact that Matthew was and is an incredibly talented artist. His latest two shows subvert and experiment with classical traditions in the representation of the human body; Unconditional Commitment to Sacred Love by replacing the archetypes of traditional nude portraiture with powerfully masculine subjects and Love Focused Like A Lazer by using progressive and experimental image-making techniques to render scenes that bear a striking resemblance to renaissance marble sculptures.

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    Matthew Stone: Phase Change Flash

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    Matthew Stone: Stormlike Grandeur

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    Matthew Stone: Where the Movements Came From

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    Matthew Stone: The Co-Existence of the Spiritual World and the World of the Senses

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    Matthew Stone" Omnilove

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    Matthew Stone: Simultaneous Tones

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    Matthew Stone: Unconditional Commitment To Sacred Love

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    Matthew Stone: You Don’t Have to Bend the Whole World

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.