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 or 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 shown at Toronto’s Steamwhistle Brewery, Gladstone Hotel, Magic Pony and the Northern Contemporary Gallery, as well as Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.
Other highlights include working with influential graphic designer David Carson, long-running illustrations for the Bon Vivant column in Quench, and serving as literary magazine Taddle Creek’s in-house fiction illustrator.
Complementing his editorial pieces, Daley has produced poster work for Art With Impact, Polaris Music Prize, and the band Devo.
His self-published comic, The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case
, co-created with Cory McCallum, was nominated for and won the Gene Day Award at the Joe Shuster Awards in 2013. The duo, known as PlierPants, also collaborated on the comic strip “Bonus Tracks” for Luminato Festival and published the comic Errol Dynamic
Daley hopes to illustrate for new avenues, whether its comics, children’s books, skateboards and gallery shows. He aspires to keep trying new techniques while keeping his work just the right amount of weird.
He has diplomas in Art Fundamentals and Illustration from Sheridan College
Daley lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Lindsay and cat Mistress Muffin.
"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