55 x 144 inches
mixed media on canvas
Matthew Anthony Stokes was born in Margate, England in 1964, and has been drawing, painting and writing poetry since his early childhood.
Following several years in Paris as students of Étienne Decroux (and actors with Theatre de l’Ange Fou – Compagnie Steve Wasson/Corrine Soum) Matthew Anthony Stokes co-founded the MAQUETTE Theatre Company in September 1989 with artists Robert Bennett, Dirk Hendrikx, Guillaume Panneau and Ulrike Koennecke.
MAQUETTE was in uenced from the outset by Dada; punk; street theater; amateur, poor and ‘outsider’ arts; early lm and photoplay; automata - and by ancient and ethnological ‘primitive’ arts. Its experimental body of work took form as a consecutive series of recorded performances, live “unveilings,” texts, drawings, sculptural exhibits, sound recordings and, most important to the collective, an archive of hundreds of outer-stellar photographs and a dozen short lms.
The work culminated in a series of gallery exhibitions, most notably in the Museum of Modern Art in Gent (SMAK, 1997) and in the Museum of Art in Kortrijk (Belgium 1998). Also in 1998, the silent lm ‘Adrift on the Remains of the Grand Piano’ (live musical composition by AKA Moon) was featured as part of the Brussels Festival of Art.
In 1999, Stokes returned to England. He went on to study architecture, received his degree from the University of Greenwich and his diploma from the University of Cambridge in 2005. After a couple of years at Foster and Partners in London, Stokes moved to Los Angeles and worked as in-house architectural / furniture designer with Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design. He currently resides in LA and is in-house architectural/furniture designer with Robbin Hayne Architects and WIGWAM Design.
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