From before Matthew could remember, art always took center stage. Throughout childhood, his sketchbook was always nearby, a constant friend wherever his family roamed. Being creative just felt right to him, whether just drawing pictures or crafting wild contraptions out of anything he could scavenge around the house. He loved reading and learning about nature, science and ancient history, but his school notebooks often had more drawings than actual notes!
After high school, Matthew studied biology in preparation for medical school, thinking an art-related job might be impossible. College life was busy and interesting, but it never felt right. A career in medicine, while challenging, did not make him happy. After a year of thinking things out in New York City, Matthew decided to take the plunge and follow his dream. He was accepted at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and studied industrial design, focused on designing toys. After graduating Pratt, Matthew apprenticed with an acclaimed children's book author. In a few years, he discovered his true calling: becoming a children's book author, illustrator and paper engineer.
His first big break into the pop-up book world came with the strange but beloved
The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
. Many pop-up books followed, both collaborations and solo creations like the
New York Times
trilogy, its sister trilogy
, the collaboration
with the renowned Maurice Sendak, the biblical retelling
, and classic pop-up versions of stories including
The Jungle Book
. An avid comic, fantasy and science fiction fanatic, Matthew has created a huge array of pop culture pop-ups like his best-selling blockbuster
STAR WARS: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
Game Of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, Disney Princess: A Pop-Up World, Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, Frozen: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale, Lego Pop-Up
and many, many more.This presentation is made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowment.