3rd April to 10th May

Surrealist Paintings by Tom Matthews

Opening at Ranelagh Arts Centre on the 3rd of April, the new exhibition by Tom Mathews, Surrealist Paintings, represents another fascinating detour in the career of an artist, writer, and critic whose intelligence, humour, and visual imagination have made him one of the most fascinating figures in Irish cultural life over the past forty years. Markedly different in style to his familiar cartooning work, these bright, brash works are nevetheless filled to bursting with the trademark Mathews' wit, packing an array of visual puns and pop culture references into their bizarre tableaus and featuring cameos from a cast of twentieth century icons from Charlie Chaplin to Mickey Mouse. Colourful, absurd, and slyly funny, this is a unique show from a true original.

The exhibition will be launched at 6:30pm in Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 on Thursday 3rd of April and will be opened by James Hanley RHA

Tom Mathews was born in Dublin in 1952. After working in advertising he studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He has been a freelance cartoonist, writer and critic since 1975. His work appears weekly in The Irish Times and Sunday Independent. He has had thirty one-man shows and his paintings have been exhibited in Living Art, the National Portrait Show and at the RHA. He has illustrated a dozen books, written a novel and published three volumes of cartoons. His last book, The New Adventures of Keats and Chapman, was published in 2008. His hobbies, he says, are "drinking stout and talking too much about James Joyce and Groucho Marx".

Tom Mathews Surrealist Paintings 2