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Matthew Spencer

Bath Spa University (Master of Fine Art / 2010)

Interview

What is your favourite film of all time?

I love so many films I couldn't possibly answer that

What music are you currently listening to and why?

Anything on the radio or just LBC

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

I've always really liked Koons for his transformation of banal objects

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

All

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?

Making art

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

The painting I just finished!

What are your plans for the coming year?

To develope a new series of landscpae cutout pieces similar to the piece "British landscape no.1" that I made a while ago

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Old Red Bus
    Size(HxWxD):63x40x1.3cm
    £795.00
  • British Icons
    Size(HxWxD):63x40x1.2cm
    £795.00
  • London riots
    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
  • Really Old Car
    Size(HxWxD):42x40x1.2cm
    £645.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trees
    Size(HxWxD):122x122x1.8cm
    £2,450.00
  • Pimp My Ride
    Size(HxWxD):80x80x1.8cm
    £1,250.00
  • Shack in woods
    Size(HxWxD):100x100x1.8cm
    £1,450.00

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

 

2014 Edinburgh Art Fair, DegreeArt.com, Edinburgh

2014 AAF Batersea, DegreeArt.com, London

2014 Buy Art Fair, DegreeArt.com, Manchester

2014 AAF Bristol, DegreeArt.com, Bristol

2014 AAF Hampstead, DegreeArt.com

2014 AAF Singapore, Degreeart.com, Singapore

2014 Loud and Western, Degreeart.com, Fulham

2014 Between the lines, The Execution Room, Degreeart.com, London

2013 Edinburgh Art Fair, DegreeArt.com, Edinburgh

2013 Buy Art Fair, DegreeArt.com, Manchester

2013 AAF Batersea, DegreeArt.com, London

2013 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2013 New Lights Art Prize, The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

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 25 Years of Christmas, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2011 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 

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 

2007 Wilderness – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, 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
  • Graffitied Water Tank
    Size(HxWxD):50x50x1.2cm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Construction Site in Forest
    Size(HxWxD):122x153x1.8cm
  • Dismantled Playhouse with Shed
    Size(HxWxD):107x122x1.8cm
  • Old Church in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):153x122x1.8cm
  • House in Woods
    Size(HxWxD):156x125x1.8cm
  • Caravan in Forest
    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
  • 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