Matt Small

by Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Matthew Small’s work has strong urban roots. By painting directly onto found pieces of metal, he brings physical elements of the city directly into his work. The people he paints are also found, filmed anonymously on the streets of London. In this way, Matthew focuses on creating portrait painting at its best, when the identity of the sitter is of lesser importance than the power and insight of the piece.


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Matt Small

by Monday, April 11, 2011

By painting directly onto used pieces of metal he gives his work a raw, urban immediacy. The subjects of his art are also found, filmed without their knowledge (in a way we’re choosing not to find a little creepy) in and around London, enabling Matt to bypass the posed, staginess of a lot of portraiture.  Check his stunning website here.

Executed with astonishingly textured brushstrokes, Matt produces works with a thick visceral painterly quality that feel both abstract and incredibly real and vital.


MA Illustration, Royal College of Art, 2000
BA Illustration, Westminster University (First Class), 1998
Art Foundation, Barnet College, 1994
Art A-Level, LASWAP Sixth Form College, 1993


Small Faces, Sesame Art, 2008
Foundry Art Gallery, 2006
This is England, Leonard Street Gallery, London, 2007
Tricycle Arts Centre, Kilburn, 2005
Sesame Art, 2005
Sesame Art, 2003
Lefevre Gallery, Mayfair, 2002


Hope In Life, Black Rat Press, 2008
Philips Auction House, 2008
Big Issue Charity Show, Black Rat Press, 2008
Dreawetts Auction House, The Village Underground, 2008
Graffle, The Village Underground, 2008
Scream In High Definition, Scream Gallery, 2008
Scream 2nd Birthday, 2008
Regroup, Sesame Art, 2008
Burning Bridges, The Brick Lane Gallery, 2008
Bristol Show, The Old Motorcycle Shop, 2008
London Art Fair, Black Rat Press, 2008
Black Rat Print Show, Black Rat Press, London 2008
Sesame Salon, Sesame, London, 2007
White Noise, Black Rat Press, London 2007
Behind the Mask, Sesame, 2007
Underexposed, Novas Gallery, London, 2007
Eleven, Leonard Street Gallery, London, 2007
Found, Leonard Street Gallery & Camp Barbossa, 2007
Leonard Street Gallery, 2006
Art London, Leonard Street Gallery, 2007
Affordable Art Fair London, Sesame Art, 2006
Liminal Phase Show, Highbury Studios, 2006
Christmas Show, New Grafton Gallery, 2005
Affordable Art Fair New York, Sesame Art, 2005
London Art Fair, New Grafton gallery, 2005
Affordable Art Fair, Sesame Art, 2005
Art London, Sesame Art, 2005
AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York, 2005


Arts Council funding, Underexposed Show, 2007
Hunting Art Prize Nominee, UK, 2002
Villiers David Art Prize UK (winner), 2001
BP Portrait Award Nominee, 2001
E-D-F Man Drawing Competition, Second Place, 2000