Judit Matthews

Watercolours, Line & Wash, Mixed
Illustrative Style, Animals, Foxes, Hares, Woodland, Illustrated Maps, London

My name is Judit Matthews (maiden name: Judit Sandor). I was born in Szeged, in Hungary in 1975.

After leaving school I came to England as an au-pair in my gap year in 1994. I met Jim, who is now my husband. I have 2 children: Harry and Emma.

My work is very exciting and unique with lots of detail in an illustrative style. I get my inspiration from paper cutting artists and my Hungarian heritage with rich folk art. I also enjoy drawing natural, organic forms and use them as patterns. My mediums are pen and ink ( using liquid ink with a dip pen) with some watercolour or acrylic ink for colour; sometimes even collage for extra texture for this I love using origami paper or patterned wallpaper.I like to simplify shapes and not to pay too much attention to scale or the real colour. I paint whimsical, quirky pictures with animals, creating a story, narrative. I also love creating seaside pictures and illustrated maps.

I have taken part in several group/mixed exhibitions and I also had a few very successful solo shows. In 2000 I took part in Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and my painting was displayed in The Mall Galleries. I have also taken part in the Hampstead Heath Affordable Art Fair. My work has appeared in The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. I have won the Surrey Life magazine’s Landscape Painter of the year 2017 competition. My work has been accepted to the annual exhibition of the Society of Women Artists. I have illustrated a children’s book called The Daring Droplets’ Diary.

I exhibit in various galleries all around the country. I am also the member of the Tadworth art group, we have 2 exhibitions each year- in May and in November.

I am happy to travel up to 1 hour from my home in Banstead.