Matthew has been Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds since 2009. His research focuses on creativity, artistic character and inter-sections between aesthetics, ethics and psychology.

He sometimes appears in and works for the popular media (e.g., as the art expert and consultant for Channel 4's Hidden Talent series) and his book Revealing Art led to Matthew's nomination for the Times Higher Education Young Academic of the Year award 2005.

Matthew ran the Knowing Art series and Civilisation series of workshops at Tate Britain. He has given various art world lectures ranging from the invited public lecture at the National Icelandic Visual Arts Awards to the Charles Parodi Lecture at the International Miami Basel Art Fair.

His public policy work has included work for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Matthew is currently a member of both the AHRC Peer Review College and the Science in Culture Advisory Group.

In 2012 - 2013 Matthew was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to start a longer term project on creativity and previously he was one of the lead investigators for the Arts and Humanities Research Council project Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the Challenge from the Sciences (2009 - 2012).

In 2014 Matthew was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a past Visiting Professor of the University of British Columbia, Canada, past Visiting Fellow of Rhodes University, South Africa, and is a past chair and vice-president of the British Society of Aesthetics 2003-2008.

Matthew originally did his Ph.D. in the Department of Moral Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, prior to which he graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Philosophy (switching from Philosophy and Psychology in his third year). He was born and grew up in Surrey, along with a few years in Jamaica, and now lives in East London.