Therapy by Matthew Shutt is an autobiographical depiction of a calendar hung on my wall with the simple reminder of 'therapy'. This opens up all sorts of interpretations of the word and the reasons for why this is a necessary association. Classic pastel colours of the old comic background suggest a complex situation in contrast to its simple settings. This painting contains black, white, and primary colors.
Matthew Shutt resides in Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. He attended the University of Huddersfield and put together his first solo exhibition in 2017 at the Bowery in Leeds.
Shutt's subjects are, at the surface, carefree images, predominantly action figures and associated memorabilia. Upon deeper observation, these images are symbolic of the nostalgia of an innocent childhood and a time of hope, brought to the present by the context of its surroundings in everyday objects like art books. The reality and stresses of adult life are superseded by notions of superheroes saving the day.