Matthew Hunt, born East Fremantle, Western Australia, 1967
Lives and works in London
Matthew Hunt has primarily based himself in Australia over the last two decades, amassing a large output of works that range from screenprints and drawings using vernacular language, sculptural objects that exist between the found and the reconstructed, evocative watercolours, frozen digital imagery and video installations of site specific performances. With a particular fondness for dark humour, Matthew’s work celebrates the poetry and beauty, comedy and tragedy that are implicit in the everyday. As such, he has carved out a unique place in the cultural eco-system of Australia. His recent move to London reflects his un-folding engagement into geography, subjective experience and the politics of everyday exchange. In this landscape his practice broadens and the capacity for new encounters are deepened.
In recent years Hunt has been included in important Australian survey exhibitions including Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney curated by Glenn Barkley; PEEP Glimpses of the last four decades of the Kerry Stokes Collection (2007/8), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne & The Art Gallery of WA; We know who we are: Octopus 6 (2006), Gertrude St Contemporary Space, Melbourne; Mix tape (2005), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and FLUX, uncertain states: new art from Western Australia (2003), Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth.
However, it is through his prolific output of solo exhibitions that his constantly changing and dynamic works have developed, and include in more recent years The Armature (2011) at Turner Galleries; The Side Effect (2011), The Dark Room (2010), Pure Gut Feeling (2009), Falling From Earth (2008) all at Dianne Tanzer Gallery & Projects, Melbourne. In Perth, Hunt exhibited Sunshine, Cocktails, Chicken Wings & Trampolines (2009) and Cause I see a light surrounding you so don’t be afraid (2007) at Turner Galleries, Perth. Other solo exhibitions during this period include; End of the Earth (2007), Conical, Melbourne; Backwater, Holmes à Court Gallery, East Perth (2006); Scattered Order (2004), Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, Switzerland; Perch (2001), Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney; Civil Savages (2001), West Space, Melbourne and CORE (2000), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Matthew has participated in number of artist-in-residency programs, including Artsource/Christoph Merian Foundation Basel residency in Switzerland (2004) & Artsource/Artspace Sydney (1999) and the International Art Space Kellerberrin (2001). A monograph of his work was published in 2006 to accompany his Backwater exhibition at the Holmes à Court Gallery and it provides an insightful overview of his practice including important essays and interviews with the artist. Hunt has been awarded a number of New Work grants from the Australia Council and WA Department of Culture (DCA) and the Arts and recently received a Mid Career Fellowship from the DCA in 2009. Hunt collaborates with curator and writer Dr Robert Cook to produce the fanzine Acquittal Report.
Hunt’s work is represented in the following collections: The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, The City of Perth, Artbank, The Christoph Merian Foundation (Switzerland), The Kerry Stokes Collection, The Joondalup City Council and many private collections.
Represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne & Turner Galleries, Perth