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Well known and award winning artist Matthew Stradling will be presenting his art work at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Visual Arts Exhibition @ Hampstead Town Hall / InterChange Studios, The Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP. (Entrance from footpath on Haverstock Hill) / Tel: 020 7692 5800 / Wise Thoughts: 0208 8899555 Mon 8 to Friday 19 Nov (Sat, Sun closed) 10.30AM to 5.30PM / Entry Free
More Info: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/artsexhibition.php

A very twitter friendly chat with Matthew:

Matthew Stradling

What are you working on right now?
I am working on a painting for the exhibition ‘400 Women’ – an exhibition which highlights the strange disappearance of thousands of young women in Mexico in recent years.

What words would best describe your art?
My art attempts to move, involve, attract, repulse the viewer and ultimately to make them think about what they are looking at.

How relevant is your work today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
I feel it is relevant because I am alive and I am a human being and I have a right to express myself. Whether others find it relevant is up to them.

Tell us why you chose to presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?
I feel that GFEST operates at a very human level – it is unpretentious and seeks to get through to people of all types. I would like to be part of that.

Do you see your work as gay or queer art?
I don’t feel the need to label myself – yes I am gay and that has effected the way I think and create. But I represent only myself not a whole community – if they find worth and what I do that is great.

Midnight Pearl by Matthew Stradling

How do you resource your practice?
I make money from my art and I have a part-time job doing photography.

Do you think you would need any specific support in terms of getting your work out there?
I find it hard to publicise my work but the internet has been a great platform for reaching people.

How would you like yourself  to be known?

I would like to be known as an artist whose work touches and inspires people.

How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?
I think it is very healthy. A lot of young artists don’t feel the need to categorise themselves and integrate their sexuality into their general life-experiences.

A single wish ?
More time and energy in the day to do more paintings 🙂

A Big smile or 🙂 or simply 😀 from GFEST and Thank you very much Matthew.

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Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.
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GFEST 2010  images on  http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST

GFEST 2010 Visual Art :  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624870998137/

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LONDON: GAY ART FESTIVAL : GFEST 2010 showreel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ9UWJX1fg

More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival  in venues across London.
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