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Matthew Spencer

Bath Spa University (Master of Fine Art / 2010)

Interview

What is your favourite film of all time?

Couldn't possibly answer that, far too may good ones

What music are you currently listening to and why?

Anything on radio 6

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

All, various reasons

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

All, various reasons

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

The Frieze art fair, I love the diversity of work

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

"How do you cut it all out", - "by hand"

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

My father and uncle are both painters, so I've grown up with art

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

I make my work in a converted garage at the moment

What do you like most about being an artist?

Painting

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

The painting I just finished!

What are your plans for the coming year?

To have a solo exhibition and move to London

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Riot
    Size(HxWxD):60x115x1.2cm
    £2,500.00
  • Graffitied structure
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Rusty Mini
    Size(HxWxD):40x40x1.2cm
    £645.00
  • Choppa
    Size(HxWxD):40x50x1.2cm
    £760.00
  • Escort
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • By the Tracks
    Size(HxWxD):40x40x1.2cm
    £645.00
  • Frame
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Concrete Structure
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Grey fighter jet
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Outpost
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Vandalised phone box
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • F**k Police
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Recovery Truck
    Size(HxWxD):42x40x1.2cm
    £645.00
  • Ford Van
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Graffitied Water Tank
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • VW Camper
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
    £825.00
  • Graffitied Car
    Size(HxWxD):36x31x1.2cm
    £495.00
  • Dilapidated Shack
    Size(HxWxD):31x21.5x1.2cm
    £340.00
  • Car on Side
    Size(HxWxD):41.5x32x1.2cm
    £560.00
  • Buggered Barny
    Size(HxWxD):80x55x1.2cm
    £1,150.00
  • Burnt out VW camper
    Size(HxWxD):91x91x4.5cm
    £1,650.00
  • Fighter Jet
    Size(HxWxD):91x91x4.5cm
    £1,650.00
  • Graffitied sub-station
    Size(HxWxD):90x120x4cm
    £1,850.00
  • Pimp My Ride 2
    Size(HxWxD):80x80x1.8cm
    £1,250.00
  • Shack in woods
    Size(HxWxD):100x100x1.8cm
    £1,450.00
  • Construction Site in Forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x153x1.8cm
    £3,250.00
  • Dismantled Playhouse with Shed
    Size(HxWxD):107x122x1.8cm
    £1,650.00
  • Old Church in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):153x122x1.8cm
    £1,950.00
  • House in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):156x125x1.8cm
    £3,250.00
  • Caravan in Forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
    £2,450.00
  • Graffitied Building in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
    £1,950.00

Artist's statement

Spencer is interested in how our world is represented to us through simulated images in the media and how these in turn form our comprehension of the world around us, basing his pieces on images from the media and internet. His works are cynical of utopian notions surrounding our relationship with the natural world, effectively combining medium, process and aesthetics as message. The MDF, household paint and painstakingly slow hand cutting process that he uses gives the work a raw abandoned aesthetic, creating scenes which depict gritty disenchanted visions of man-made structures and waste in woods and forests. Spencer takes the craftsmanship of woodcarving to the extreme by laboriously hand cutting elaborate patterns into sheets of wood in the style of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) laser/router machines which are used in much modern manufacturing. He is interested in the contrast between such contemporary processes, materials, media, internet and the mark of the individual and traditional. He begins with drilling out the spaces in between the branches, with fret saw blades held between his fingers he cuts out the fine detailing and uses a jigsaw to finish the process. Cutting the outline of trees and branches into sheets of wood (MDF, which Ironically is not real wood; it is a man-made material) is in some respects this is an unnecessary repetition of meaning, seemingly idiotic, this it is part of the tongue in cheek humour he uses, in over embellishing the obvious issues in his work he also raises important questions about the nature and scope of knowledge.

Exhibitions

2013 New Lights, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, 2012 Portfolio, Marburae Art Gallery, Macclesfield, 2012 The Signature Art Prize, DegreeArt, London 2012 Cork Street Open Exhibition, Mayfair, London 2012 The Great North Art Show, Ripon 2012 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London 2012 NEO Art Prize, Gallery 32, Bolton 2012 Candid Berlin, Universität der Künste, Berlin 2012 Debut Contemporary, London 2012 The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 2011 National Open Art Competition Exhibition, The Minerva Theatre, Chichester 2011-2012 25 Years of Christmas, Black Swan Arts, Frome 2011-2012 New lights Painting Prize, The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate 2011 Mixed Media Exhibition, The Candid Arts Trust, London 2010 A Few of My Favourite Things, Black Swan Arts, Frome 2010 MA Show – Bath Spa University, Sion Hill, Bath 2008 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol – bo lee Gallery www.affordableartfair.com 2008 Affordable Art Fair, London – bo lee Gallery www.affordableartfair.com 2008 100%, Mauger Modern Art - Bath, UK 2008 Control Art Delete – Free Range, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London 2008 Wilderness 2 – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath 2008 BA Show – Bath Spa University, Sion Hill, Bath 2007 Wilderness – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath 2007 Better Late Than Never – Bath Spa University Gallery, Sion Hill, Bath

Achievements & Awards

The Signature Art Prize 2012, the NEO Studio Prize 2012, the Southwood NOAC Award for best UK artist under 25 2011

Recently sold artwork

  • Fighter Jet In Woods - Signature Art Prize 2012 Finalist
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Really Old Car
    Size(HxWxD):42x40x1.2cm
  • Old Red Buses at Night
    Size(HxWxD):61x91x1.2cm
  • Graffitied Helicopter
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
  • Little pimp my ride
    Size(HxWxD):31x21.5x1.2cm
  • Graffitied Sub-Station 2
    Size(HxWxD):31x21.5x1.2cm
  • Phone Box
    Size(HxWxD):31x21.5x1.2cm
  • Burnt Out Car
    Size(HxWxD):41.5x32x1.2cm
  • Graffitied ruin
    Size(HxWxD):60x60x1.2cm
  • Graffitied building
    Size(HxWxD):60x60x1.2cm
  • Burnt out caravan
    Size(HxWxD):42x28x1.8cm
  • Trees
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Rusty shack
    Size(HxWxD):42x42x1.8cm
  • Truck in woods
    Size(HxWxD):42x42x1.8cm
  • Graffitied van in woods
    Size(HxWxD):42x42x1.8cm
  • Blue Fighter Jet in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Pimp my Ride
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Knackered Van in Forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Knackered van in forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Graffitied building in woods
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • British Landscape no.1
    Size(HxWxD):105x165x1.8cm
  • Red phone box in woods
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Caravan in forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
  • Pimp my ride
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm