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James Matthews is an artmaker and art educator living and working in the UAE, where he has been resident since 2007. Matthews gained his Master of Fine Art Degree from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, and Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Degree from the University of Humberside, UK. Handmade Date Palm Tree Paper Matthews creates his own handmade paper and art materials made from the Date Palm Tree which is interwoven with culture in the UAE. The production of the paper relates to themes of Culture, Environment, and Sustainability. Matthews’ Cyanotype artworks on the artist handmade papers were created using the three elements essential to life, survival, and sustenance in the region - date palm trees, water, and sunlight. Sounds (Woodcuts) The marks, shapes, forms and colors in Matthews’ non-figurative works are made from responses to everyday sounds. These sounds provide the stimulus and inspiration. The works are derived from aural stimuli, aspects of memory and responses to an immediate environment and space. Trompe l’oeil Relief Paintings Matthews creates relief ‘trompe l’oeil’ artworks inspired by the reverse perspective of the fourteenth century Ottoman Turkish illuminated illustrations of the Siyer-i Nebi, Mecca and the Kaaba. People & Places Matthews creates mixed-media painting and printmaking works inspired by aspects of the UAE and UK.