Matt Willis-Jones (b.1973) is a British creator based in Mexico City.
A pioneer of digital painting in the 1990s, Matt went on to have a career in film and TV post-production before turning to writing and directing his own films which have won awards around the world. Now he has returned, after almost 20 years, to digital painting - this time incorporating photography and traditional techniques of painting and collage.
There are too many rhetorics today about what make us different. My portraits of transexuals in Mexico City aim to make this infamously challenging subject matter accessible to a broad audience, allowing those who might otherwise feel uncomfortable with the imagery to engage with it.
The work is a three stage process that starts with photography, then digital layering and colour manipulation, and finally painting and collaging on top of the digital print to the point that it is not possible to identify where one technique ends and the other begins - a blurring of definition which echoes my philosophy regarding sexual identity.
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