There are some images, which are rooted somewhere deep in the memory and have no idea of leaving their occupied place. Mundane occurrences, plates, ball-point pens, tracks of a truck, milk packaging design, illustrations and everything those snow-storms or the planes of postmodern art are giving us. After a while, those images pile up and at one point they burst in a form of various creative decisions or swarm of thoughts. This is probably what I’m feeling now. Why Matthew Lyons? I noticed the work of this young illustrator a while ago. And from that time, those images are leaders in my memory’s store. Inexorable and active. Too often inviting to open browser’s bookmarks and search for its internet nest.
The burst of thoughts I just mentioned suggested a couple of ideas and one reminder, which made me search for a cause of connections between inspiration of the piece, the piece itself and its effect on the spectator. What would the work of this artist look like if he wouldn’t know what “2001: A Space Odyssey” or Pablo Picasso is? Of course, it is not possible to answer this question now. I don’t think artists themselves can choose what style their work will be – this kind of thing emerge separately, just like the relationship between the creation and the inspiration for it. We get an opportunity to immerse in a stream of information, where we need a filter to help us isolate what is most interesting and most preferred by us.
Speaking about Matthew Lyons, vintage posters, 70’s furniture and interior the whole lot of space-themed movies come to mind. Most of these movies come from the period of 60’s — 80’s, starting with famous “2001: A Space Odyssey” and finishing with “Lost in Space” and “The Black Hole”. Astronomical aspects have their charm in their uncertainty and grandeur – the size of the universe isn’t easy to comprehend. And yet undiscovered spaces, planets and the heroism of the astronaut profession make us wonder even more. It is obvious that Matthew’s art is inspired by movies, a series of illustrations named “Movie Title Screens” demonstrate this. It is a compilation of made up movie names, dates, characters and implied scenarios. I wish those movies existed. Well, at least as shorts.
There is not much of information on the author. It is clear though that he is 21 years old and that he is studying illustration and animation in one of Great Britain universities. In the beginning, I thought that these works belong to some middle-age illustrator, who formed his style during many years. When I learned the true situation, I decided never trust the deceiving first impression. The consistent interest supported by the talent can give enormous results, even if you are only in the eighth grade. Without a doubt, this young illustrator doesn’t lack imagination. A lot of his illustrations are accompanied by original descriptions.
I’m an intrepid internet explorer surfing the world wide web. Riding all the best waves from Slime sports to Line flyer. From Neopets to Runescape. One time I got wasted and caught a massive wave surfing the world wide web to Newgrounds. Just imagine in the future everyone will have facebook and parents will spy on their kids going out. I’d have a decoy page. — M. Lyons
Science fiction scripts, irony, specific sharp shapes and especially strong retro-futuristic feeling overlap in the work of Matthew Lyons. This impression is enhanced by modern interiors and interesting color schemes. Robots have an important part too: here they live in their own world, searching for something, hoping for something. Maybe for the future? The future of robotic Vikings. Or maybe of the artist, giving them a spark of life. It looks as the illustrator is flourishing in self-created space of already passed ages. Well, to most of us some things are already forgotten, and continuous space odysseys don’t look to be something so difficult to reach.
I think Matthew has created an interesting, creative strategy, from which we can learn a lot. When majority of things already look self-evident, and almost anyone can have his or her personal robot, maybe it is worth to look back for a while and try imagining, how would our world with its details look to a person from 1973? And nobody can say for sure whether in far future robots from Matthew’s illustrations will make a large amount of population.