Maggie Matthews was born in Blaina, a small mining village in South Wales in 1964. She studied Fine Art at Newport College of Art and Design followed by a degree at Exeter College of Art and in 1988 moved to West Cornwall where she still lives and works.

“I have always had a love of nature and spending time outdoors. So, it felt only natural to become a landscape artist. I often walk the coastal path, I love the vast expanse of sea and sky, here the weather is changeable, the winters are bleak and exposed, the summers can be warm and dry. The native wild flowers thrive, Bluebells give way to carpets of Sea Pinks. I always strive to capture these rich colours and textures. As I walk, I’m drawn into looking at the detail in the landscape, making close-up sketches of flower petals or seed pods. When I look through my sketch books I find drawings of shapes and forms, studies of plants set against turquoise seas or orange lichen shinning out through foggy damp grey skies. At home I surround myself with collections of flowers, leaves, pebbles and shells, all important finds. I’m fascinated  by the patterns in nature, how a single petal is replicated to form the whole flower. The way the sea erodes the sharp edges off a pebble to give it it’s unique shape. There is beauty in the order of complex patterns but also a melancholic appeal in the impermanence of all things. With the passage of time we move through the seasons, cycles of life, death and rebirth”.  Maggie Matthews.

Solo Exhibitions
2016    Colour and Light, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.  14th July – 6th August 2016.
2015    Drawing Upon Nature, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.  24th June -18th July 2015.
2014    Muse, (Muse), Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2013    Shaped by Nature, Hilton Fine Art, Bath, Somerset.
2012    Up Close, (upclose), Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2011    Nature, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2010    Bloom, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2009    Natural Forms, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2008    Memento, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2007    Beach, Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
2006    The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall.
2005    The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall.
     The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, Monmouth, Wales.
2004    The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
2003    Drawn from Nature, The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
2002    City Gallery, Thompsons, London.
     The Bigger Picture, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall.
2001    Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, Cardiff, Wales.

Mixed Exhibitions

2016    RENfineart, Affordable Art Fairs, London.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2015    Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2014    Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2013    Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2012    Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
Hilton Fine Art, Bath.
2011    Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2010    Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.
Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
Gallery Tresco, Affordable Art Fair, London.
2009    Cornwall Contemporary, Lenox Gallery, London.
Gallery Tresco, Affordable Art Fair, London.
Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
Morvah School House, 10th Year Reunion, Cornwall.
Levant Mining Disaster, Community Arts Project.
Contributing Artist, Painting Accessible Abstracts, Anova Books.
2008    Cornwall Contemporary, Lenox Gallery, London.
Gallery Tresco, Affordable Art Fair, London.
Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
2007    Gallery Tresco, Affordable Art Fair, London.
Cornwall Contemporary, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
2006    The Great Atlantic Art Galleries, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
2005    The Great Atlantic Art Galleries, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
Worlds End Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, London.
Beside the Wave Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Beside the Wave Gallery, Chelsea Arts Fair, London.
Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.
Lighthouse Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, Bristol.
Living History Project, St Just, Cornwall.
2004    Great Atlantic Art Galleries, St Just, Cornwall.
Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
The Worlds End Gallery, London
2003    The Great Atlantic Art Galleries, St Just, Cornwall.
2002    The Bigger Picture, Badcocks Gallery, Cornwall.
The Seafood Café, St Ives, Cornwall.
2001    The City Gallery, London.
Behind the Canvas, Great Atlantic Art Galleries, Cornwall.
Thompsons Gallery, London.
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
2000    The City Gallery, London.
The Air Gallery, Dover St, London.
Thompsons Gallery, Dover St, London.
Thompsons Gallery, Stow on the Wold.
Chelsea Arts Fair, London.
Rainyday Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.
The Newcraftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall.
The Porthminster Café, St Ives, Cornwall.
Avalon Gallery, Marazion, Cornwall.
Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall.
White Columns, New York.
The Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
Flint Institute of Art, Michigan, USA.
Mobile Museum, Alabama, USA.
Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia, USA.
Delta Axis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
1999    Art 99, Arts Fair, Birmingham.
West Country Painters, Cork St, London.
The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
Thomas Henry Fine Art, Dorset.
Thomas Henry Fine Art, Nantucket Island, USA.
Beyond the Sea, Padstow, Cornwall.
Archie Browns Café, Penzance, Cornwall.
Living on the Line, Counthouse, Botallack, Cornwall.
BBC Wales Broadcasting Studio, Cardiff, Wales.
1998    Archie Browns Café, Penzance, Cornwall.
The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
Enid Lawson Gallery, Kensington, London.
Kensington Arts Fair, Kensington, London.
Rainyday Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.
Thomas Henry Fine Art, Dorset.
Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, Cardiff, Wales.
1997    Primavera, Cambridge.
The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
1996    Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall.
The Great Atlantic Art Gallery, St Just, Cornwall.
1992    Rainyday Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.
1988    Hill Court Gallery, Abergavenny, S. Wales.
1987    The Ivory Tower, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, Devon.

Collections
BBC Wales.
Ove Arup Architects.
Cardiff Bay Arts Trust.
Women of the World, Claudia DeMonte, USA.
Commissions
Ove Arup & Partners, capital waterside offices, reception area, Cardiff, Wales.
Ove Arup & Partners, public art commission, Auckinleck House, Birmingham.
Artist’s Cards, New Leaf Range.
Paper Rose, Colori Range.
D’Silva Editions, New Print Range.
Membership
Penwith Society of Artists, St Ives. Cornwall.