Matthew Broughton is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter originally from Geelong but now based in Melbourne, Australia.
Aside from his graphic design and illustration work he also focuses on a number of self-initiated side projects such as: fine art, photography and printmaking. Matthew has artwork in private collections in Australia, Europe, The Middle East and North America.
The majority of his artwork is inspired by everyday life – both the natural world and the urban environment.
The illustrative and graphic nature of his work lends itself to the tonal qualities of linocut and wood block printing. Each piece taking many hours of drawing and carving. The blocks are hand printed using a 150 year old Albion Press.
Matthew’s painting style is the polar opposite to his printmaking -colourful, bright and whimsical with an almost childlike naivety.
His painting has a uniquely Australian style, with references to painters Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Reg Mombassa, and Ken Done. His work also draws inspiration from the Australian Indigenous artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Ginger Riley. Matthew's printmaking style is influenced by Margret Preston, Barbara Hanrahan and Jan Senbergs.
Growing up in Geelong, in Victoria. It was here where Matthew originally trained as a signwriter prior to the onset of computer graphics. He completed a four year apprenticeship, where he learnt all the aspects of hand crafted lettering and graphics.
After completing his apprenticeship Matthew spent some time working and travelling in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Inspired by his travels, he decided to return to Australia and further his studies in art and design.
Matthew studied design at the Gordon Technical College in Geelong and the University of Ballarat, graduating with a Diploma in Visual Arts and a Diploma in Graphic Design. While in Ballarat he 'cut his teeth' as an in-house designer for an advertising agency. He worked on everything from print advertising, photography through to TV commercials. It was a great hands-on role where Matthew had to be versatile and a 'jack-of-all-trades'.
In 2005 he moved to Melbourne where he worked as an in-house designer for a number of marketing departments in the clothing and education sector. In 2009 after the birth of his son he decided to take the plunge and start his own practice as a freelance designer and illustrator.
Since working as a freelance designer, some of his clients include: French Connection UK, Penguin Random House and Deakin University. His illustration work has been published internationally and printed as textile patterns and tee shirts.
Parallel with his commercial work is his fine art - painting and printmaking. A number of his artworks have been sold to personal collectors within Australia and overseas.
Melbourne College of Decoration – Signwriting
Gordon Technical College – Diploma of Visual Art
University of Ballarat – Diploma of Graphic Design
Charles Sturt Univeristy – Bachelor of Arts – Graphic Design
Paul Klee‚ Marc Chagall‚ Arthur Boyd‚ Sid Nolan, Margret Preston, Fred Williams Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Henry Mattise, Ian Fairweather, Reg Mombasa, Ken Done and Georgia O’Keeffe.