Photo by Helen Yousif
Matthew Daley is an illustrator and comic artist with a distinct style that combines hand-created textures, stamps and found objects into vector illustrations to create a rugged, painterly look.
He is inspired by mid-20th century illustration and design, particularly the work of James Flora and Mary Blair, the playful mayhem of the Dadaists and the aesthetic of Eiji Tsuburaya’s monster designs in Godzilla movies and Ultraman episodes.
He has been published in the Boston Globe, Toronto Star, Today’s Parent, and the Wall Street Journal; and has had work exhibited by Toronto venues such as The Steamwhistle Brewery
, Gladstone Hotel, Magic Pony
and Northern Contemporary
, as well as Gallery 1988
in Los Angeles. Other highlights include working with influential graphic designer David Carson
(creator of Raygun
magazine), illustrating the Bon Vivant
column in Quench Magazine
since 2006 and serving as literary magazine Taddle Creek
’s in-house fiction illustrator since 2009.
In addition his editorial pieces, Matthew has produced poster work for mental health advocates Art With Impact
, the annual Canadian Polaris Music Prize
and Toronto's Revue Cinema
. He has designed gig posters for artists as diverse as indie rock collective The New Pornographers
, avant-garde veterans The Residents
and legendary post-punk band Devo
As half of the duo PlierPants
, with writer Cory McCallum, Matthew has self published comics since 2012 starting with the skewed neo-noir tale The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case
. In 2014 they teamed up on the comic strip “Bonus Tracks” for the Luminato Festival
's daily Light News
newsletter and debuted the full length science fiction comic Errol Dynamic
at that year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival
. The Pig Sleep
won the Gene Day Award
for best self-published comic at the Joe Shuster Awards
He has diplomas in Art Fundamentals and Illustration from Sheridan College.
Matthew lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Lindsay and cat Mistress Muffin. He is represented by Three In A Box Inc
"Matthew's illustrations are leading edge. I give him only a brief outline of what is required and he always provides creative concepts exactly what we have envisioned. I plan on using Matthew many times for future assignments."
Gerald Heydens, Art Director
"Matthew is a fantastic illustrator, with one-of-a-kind style and creative approach. He provided us with great illustrations for a mobile application and worked with us every step of the way to deliver the final versions. Pleasure to work with."
Valentine Makhouleen, Creative Director at New Media Studio
"Matthew has been contributing cover illustrations for Realscreen's annual Global 100 issue, which features a listing of the Top 100 international production companies as chosen by Realscreen readers, since 2006. Matthew's illustrations, both for us and for other clients, are exceptionally creative, eye-catching and unfailingly unique."
Barry Walsh, Editor and Content Director, Realscreen Magazine