Matthew Thomason has been compelled to make art since very early childhood.
It was when just out of high school, while attending Santa Monica College,that he was
introduced to printmaking; Its many facets became his passion. While still an Undergraduate
student in the prestigious printmaking program at California State University Long Beach,
he met John Greco, Master Printer of Josephine Press. After serving an 18 month apprenticeship,
he continued working there as a printmaker,collaboratively working one-on-one with numerous artists.
After receiving the B.F.A. in Printmaking, he had the opportunity to work at Gemini GEL,
and was also a printmaking technician at various academic institutions. He earned an M.F.A. in
Studio Art at CSULB in 2009 and was also the Departments technician; since then Matthew has been
teaching a course in printmaking,as well as beginning drawing at Santa Monica College.
Printmaking is not only a craft, but also an art form. While working as a craftsman,and now as a
teacher,Matthew has continued to pursue the making of his art. As a person he tends to question
the rules, so it is to be expected that his art making also raises questions.
Although he has worked using traditional printmaking methods, he likes most experimenting with
new printmaking techniques,sometimes combining those results with other materials.
His work has appeared in numerous group shows,mostly in the Los Angeles area.