Matthew Burley is a full time artist and Portrait Painter who grew up in the village of Cookham in the Thames valley. He has since lived in Bangkok and in the New York.
I feel honoured whenever I’m commissioned to paint a portrait, especially a family portrait. It can’t be very often that an artist gets to deliver a painting and have the recipients shed tears when they see it. This sounds like I’m really blowing my trumpet now, but actually it’s all about the photograph. As Gerhard Richter said ‘The Photograph is pure picture’. It’s the photograph that I’m re-presenting and I hope, elevate. I now have two young children and so I understand more than ever how important these paintings are to people.