Butterflies and Flowers, 1996

Mat Collishaw is interested in the darker side of human nature. Death, destruction and decay, ongoing themes in his work, are revealed as beautiful, hypnotic and compelling. In Collishaw’s practice, seduction meets repulsion, the shocking becomes alluring, the beautiful becomes squalid and desire meets pain. As an artist, he is especially aware of the power of the image to manipulate and he draws his inspiration from a range of sources such as the media, popular culture, nature, mythology, the slick vernacular of advertising, the rich vault of art history and the proliferation of images available on the internet.