Platform Gallery 2012 Exhibitions

Matthew Roby - The Fateful Fable of 13

21 January - 17 March 2012

Supported by Arts Council Lottery Fund and Lancashire County Council.

Image by John Baxter.

The number 13 is considered unlucky for some but, for artist Matthew Roby, it has proved to be very lucky indeed. Born on Friday 13th Matthew has, through some luck but mostly sheer hard work and determination, become an artist with a considerable reputation. The Fateful Fable of 13, his latest body of work, explores the mystery and superstition that surrounds the number 13. Demonstrating Matthew's dark and playful imagination, this exhibition of illustration and mixed-media sculpture is likely to prompt tears of laughter from those who visit.

Matthew graduated from The University of Central Lancashire in 2000 and, since then, he has worked as a designer, illustrator and sculptor exhibiting internationally and producing a variety of public artworks, storybooks and films. His influences are broad, with individuals such as Spike Milligan, Tim Burton, Guillem Del Toro, Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey proving to be potent inspirations. Popular culture in general is significant, with snatches of film, half remembered song lyrics and T.V. shows from childhood providing inspiration for many of the characters that populate his stories.

Poetry and prose are often Matthew's point of departure creatively and The Fateful Fable of 13 is a fantastical tale brought to life through illustration and sculpture. In this tale, a cast of 13 weird and wonderful characters, all born in the fictitious month of Thirteenber, bring about each other's grisly and untimely demise in a highly entertaining fashion.

The show brings with it fantastic resources for schools, including a free education pack to download and an activity trail is available for all visitors to the exhibition.

This a great opportunity for families, schools and community groups to engage with galleries. Matthew will also be providing workshops, talks and tours at a number of the venues exhibiting the exhibition, so please contact the gallery for further details.

To learn more about Matthew Roby and the fateful Fable of 13, visit or look for The Fateful Fable of 13 on Facebook.

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