First Thursdays - Cultural Connections

Matthew Joseph is a fine artist from East London who graduated from a mixed media and fine art degree at the University of Westminster in 1996. Cultural Connections is Joseph's second solo exhibition. 

Influenced by the bold graphics and repetitive imagery of the Pop Art era, Joseph is inspired by vibrant colours and the importance of the line. Merging his fascination with these visuals, and referencing his heritage from Africa and St Lucia, Joseph's work experiments with colours from the St Lucian national costume, The Madras. This traditional five piece costume was worn on feast days by woman and girl plantation workers during the times of slavery to brighten up their work clothes, which forms a strong inspiration in his work.

Creating drawings using combined mediums of printmaking, collage and digital imagery, this exhibition showcases Joseph's series of bold colourful prints emphasising these colourful, graphic and repetitive influences.

Matthew Joseph is a cancer survivor and nine years ago was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He wants to raise awareness through Cultural Connections for Cancer research - please see his Just Giving page for more information.

Join us for live soul and gospel music at the opening night of the exhibition from 6pm