After completing a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell University Matthew Usmar Lauder went to work at The Royal National Theatre. Starting as the labourers assistant He ended up, with luck and hard graft, becoming a grade 1 scenic artist and then Head Of Department within a couple of years. Lauder left to go freelance and started working for magazines such as 'World Of Interiors' and 'Elle Decoration' and painting West End sets and backdrops for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Macintosh. Gradually Lauder started to move into the music and film industries painting world tour sets for the likes of The Rolling Stones and ACDC. This work took him around the world.
At this point Lauder started freelancing full time at BBC television centre working on shows like 'Later With Jools Holland', painting backdrops for David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bjork and many others. At the same time Lauder took on outside jobs utilizing the exceptionally talented scenic artists that worked there. He painted the backdrops for the opening show at the Millennium Dome,
the George Harrison Memorial Concert, the launch of Sky Television as well as many others. After nine years or so Lauder decided to become a full time artist and was picked up by 'Mobile Home'. He was given a solo show and received good reviews. 'Mobile Home' unfortunately folded and Lauder was picked up and represented by 'Fred' London. Lauder had two very successful solo shows and was included in several group shows abroad. His work was purchased by some big collections, including the British Government Art Collection and the Israel Contemporary Art Museum. After the second show with 'Fred' Lauder was invited to have a one-man show at the Newlyn Gallery. Lauder has now set up a busy studio on the Greek island of Lesvos where he spends a lot of his time.