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Tom Mathews (b. Dublin, 1952) is a cartoonist, painter and writer.
After working for a time in advertising he studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, since leaving which in 1974 he has worked as freelance writer, critic (theatre, books, rock music), and cartoonist. His cartoons appears weekly in The Irish Times and the Sunday Independent as well as in Cara Magazine, Hot Press, The Yellow Press and other publications. He has had thirty one-man shows to date including three exhibitions of paintings in the Living Art, the National Portrait Show and the RHA.
He has illustrated a dozen books, written a novel, Levon (Ward River Press, 1984), and produced three collections of cartoons, including The Best of Tom Mathews (New Island Books, 2005). His last book, The New Adventures of Keats and Chapman, a collection of improbable tales, was published in 2008 by New Island Books. His poetry is collected in The Owl and the Pussycat and other poems (Dedalus Press, 2009) He has also designed magazine covers, record sleeves, posters, tee shirts, hoardings and postcards. Corporate clients include Guinness, Ernst and Young, Lisneys, An Post, The National Lottery, the National Museum and Bovril. He lives in Dublin.