Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen Studio 2

COMING UP

11/10/2017

MATTHEW ALLEN
As a Surface Becomes a Space
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
Opens this Sat, 14 October
5-7 PM

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COMING UP

29/09/2017

MATTHEW ALLEN
As a Surface Becomes a Space
Sullivan+Strumpf  |  Singapore
Opens 14 October

Motivated by a desire to expand my practice beyond Australia, I have been based in Amsterdam for a couple of years now. This environment has had a profound impact on not just the work I produce, but my methodology and social networks. Of course the European history of applying natural pigment in various states to a textile ground is so abundant and accessible here, but the contemporary art scene is also very critically engaged, pushing me to develop my work in this sense too.

 My new work is concerned with time, labour and attentiveness to material. The highly hand worked surfaces bring the medium of graphite to its material and perceptual limit as the repetitive action of burnishing and polishing creates a shifting mirror like surface that gives way to its surroundings. Depiction gives way to reflection. Material, process, surface and space are compacted into tight forms that delineate a constantly shifting pictorial experience. It's all about intimacy – both my intimate connection to the materials and processes, and the relationship between viewer and painting.

As Allen burnishes fine graphite into the surface of paper or linen, he transforms this dark mineral powder into a glimmering field. Conducting and reflecting the light around it, the graphite takes on something of a diamond’s sheen. This time, the heat and pressure that have transformed the substance are not the result of geological movements, but rather of the artist’s hand... Each piece is thus crystallized time—a thickening, a compression, a condensation. - Macushla Robinson

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ON VIEW NOW

09/02/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
S+S Sydney
Until 18 Feb 2017

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COMING UP

24/01/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
4 - 21 Feb
Opens 4 Feb | 3-5 pm
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney

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GO SEE

12/01/2017

ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2017
Sullivan+Strumpf | Booth C4

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
12 - 15 January 2017

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Tony Clark Sections from Clarks Myriorama 2016 suite of 6 002

ON VIEW NOW AT S+S

02/04/2016

GROUP EXHIBITION
2 -23 April
Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

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Matthew Allen Untitled III 2015 silkscreen on raw canvas 100 x 90cm

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15/01/2016

HIROMI TANGO | TONY ALBERT | MATTHEW ALLEN | DANIEL TEMPLEMAN
Gold Coast Art Prize 2015
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
On display until January 31, 2016

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Matthew Allen Portrait Shot 2015 3 copy

COMING UP

09/09/2015

MATTHEW ALLEN
AMSTERDAM DRAWING 2015
Contemporary Art on Paper
NDSM-Werf | Amsterdam-Noord
17 - 20 September

Amsterdam Drawing stages the best galleries from around the world presenting young talent as well as internationally established artists. Fifty Dutch and international galleries are invited to participate in Amsterdam Drawing 2015. The location will be the same as in previous editions: A temporary pavillion on the NDSM-Werf in Amsterdam-Noord.

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Matthew Allen Untitled I 2015 silkscreen on raw canvas 100 x 90cm

COMING UP

02/08/2015

MATTHEW ALLEN
CONTINUE 
REPEAT?
1 - 22 AUGUST

EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday 1 August, 3-5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf

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Matthew Allen Drift VII 2015 silkscreen on raw canvas 72 x 61.5cm

COMING UP

20/06/2015

Group Show
PS
Madurastraat 72
NL - 1094 GR Amsterdam
28 June - 20 August 2015
Opening: 28 June 4-6pm

INCLUDING:

MATTHEW ALLEN

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Matthew Allen Untitled II 2015 silkscreen on canvas 100 x 90cm

CONGRATULATIONS

16/06/2015

MATTHEW ALLEN

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Allen has been selected as a finalist for the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. 

The exhibition will run from 31 July - 29 August at Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.