About & Contact

  • Biography:

Born 1989, Cornwall, UK

Matthew Ferris first started taking an interest in the visual arts at the age of 15; occupying his free time with producing web graphics for various small-scale clients. Highly motivated and becoming rapidly adept with programs such as The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and Photoshop, he developed his skills into college, studying Graphic Design, Photography and Media Studies.

Although having a seemingly photographic background, Matthew’s initial inspirations and motivations were first saturated in the fictional drawings of the Japanese artist, Teikoku Shounen, also known as Imperial Boy. Shounen’s work became gospel, offering a romantic experience of a world far from our own. He believed that these rich, unearthly colours echoed a destitute harshness inherent within our own reality.

Matthew later sought to focus primarily on his photographic studies; a shift from graphic design towards long-term, self-initiated photographic projects which could more suitably convey his vision. After studying for a year at Brighton University, Matthew returned to Cornwall and began working as a green-screen and ‘rainforest platform’ photographer at the Eden Project. It soon became apparent to him that working in Cornwall was a step in the right direction, a move that positioned him to continue studying at Falmouth University.

Matthew currently works at Falmouth University, alongside working as a freelance Retoucher for several fine-art photographers, while assisting with digital workflows, print options and technical problems.

  • Awards:

The AOP Open Awards 2013 – Finalist.

The Fuji Student Awards Curators Choice 2014.

  • Exhibitions:

f/14 Falmouth Graduate Show at Free Range, London – June 2014

Group Exhibition at The Gallery, Falmouth University – December 2013

AOP Open Awards at The Old Truman Brewery, London – October 2013

Group Exhibition at The Old Press Gallery, St Austell – August 2013

University Group Exhibition at The Poly, Falmouth – February 2013

Solo Exhibition at The Eden Cafe, St Austell – August 2012

  • Education:

Cornwall College St Austell – A-Level Photography: B

Cornwall College St Austell – Foundation Photography: Distinction

Falmouth University – BA (Hons) Photography: 2:1 (Dissertation: 1st)

  • Contact:

Tel: 07854943994

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