Matt Jones Biography
British born, Berlin based multi-media artist, painter, illustrator, curator, designer, successfully blurring the lines between art and design. He is best known for his involvement in the Designer Toy Scene, and his signature collectibles range “Lunartik in a Cup of Tea”, and his ongoing work for manufacturing giants Titan Merchandise.
The son of a photographer, Matt (born the UK, in 1977), had always been partial to expressing himself through art and experimented with different art styles growing up. After graduating with a BA in Industrial Design from Birmingham University in 1997, Matt honed his skills as a design freelancer for several years, where his designs and concepts earned him the reputation of a “prodigy of quirk” amongst his fellows.
While the “Lunartik Mini Tea” series kept the toy community’s cup full of original Jonesian quirk, Matt also began working with Titan Merchandise, and has been exclusively designing the Titan Toys’ lines of vinyl figures for some of the biggest and most beloved franchises in pop-culture history. To date, he designed and prototyped the Titan Toys collectible figures for Star Trek, Doctor Who, Alien, The Beatles, Ghostbusters, 2000AD and many more. View Projects.
But with his reputation as an artist, illustrator and designer reaching an all time high, Jones was no longer content simply being “a thinker, a tinkerer, a maker and a doer, a tea drinking, beer cheering, artisty kind of a guy”, and added tutoring and teaching to his already impressive resume.
The 2011 release of the “Plastik Surgery Handbook”, Matt’s hand-drawn, cartoon-style Guide to Resin Casting was met with universal acclaim and has become the go-to “how-to” bible for toy-making professionals and new-comers alike.
The books’ success soon led to Matt hosting his first (of many) “Plastik Surgery – from concept to completion” workshop, as well as being invited to speak at Pictoplasma, the world’s biggest conference for character driven art, to talk about his “Lunartiks” in front of an audience made up of fans, professionals and artists. Continuing his relationship with Pictoplasma, Matt has regularly acted as a guest lecturer at the renowned Pictoplasma Academy for Character Design, while also offering his expertise, experience and delightful British manner in workshops at both universities and collectible conventions.
But Matt wouldn’t find his true passion until friend and “partner in art”, British artist Phil Corbett introduced him to the world of collectible Art Toys. Quickly becoming enamored with the potential for almost unlimited quirkiness, Jones threw himself into toy design, his endeavors culminating in 2006, when he combined two of his loves, “Lunartik” a large headed, cute eyes character and “Tea”, into his first original collectible figure, “Lunartik in a cup of Tea”. The delightfully quirky, resin-cast collectible instantly captured the hearts of the international collectors community, and resulted in Jones enjoying a quickly growing fan base and worldwide sales.