Painting & Drawing
b. 1975, Hertfordshire, UK
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn-based painter Mat Tucker's painting and drawing practice focuses on large, surreal landscapes. The practice Mat's words: "In recent years my work has focused on re-imagining landscapes as though looking through a window, an opening or a portal....this also plays with a broader metaphor of our internal experience of looking out upon an external, separate, physical world." Recent features include: ArtMaze, Fresh Paint, and Create Magazine.
“I like the idea of entangling nature with a sense of escapism, meditation, surrealism and the sublime.”
"Painting is a way to investigate and map out your experiences and surroundings. I spent my early life traveling to different countries and resituating myself to different environments. I came to reflect on my own sense of place, and this has become a common theme in my work. I paint landscapes and interiors as a way to investigate the illusory depths of painting. Through a focus on the formal, structural, and compositional elements of a landscape, the work becomes a meta statement on the illusory process of painting itself." - Mathew Tucker
Hunter College CUNY, NYC, MFA Fine Art (Graduate 2016)
IT Sligo BA Honours Fine Art, 2013 First (4.0 GPA)
IT Sligo, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012 First (4.0 GPA)
London College of Printing (London Institute) Foundation Art and Design Diploma, 1997
West Surrey College of Art and Design (Farnham, UK) Foundation Art and Design, 1996
2018 August, White Space, Bombay Saphire Group Show, Chelsea, New York
2017 January, The Saatchi Gallery, ‘The National’ on digital display, Chelsea, London
2016 May 19, Hunter MFA Thesis, Group Show, 205 Hudson, Tribeca, New York
2015 July 23rd - Three Person Show at ‘Engage’ Art Space, Longford, Ireland
2013 Sept 16, Emerging Artist Group Show, St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Sept 13, In Isolation, 3 person show, Broadstone Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2013 June 19, Gathering Momentum, Group Show,The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland
2013 June 12, IT Sligo BA Honours Fine Art Graduate Show, Group show, Sligo, Ireland
2012 Sept 01, Selected for RDS Traveling Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
2012 August 08, Student Art Awards, Group Show, The RDS, Dublin, Ireland
2012 July 23, Emerging Artists, Group Show, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Ireland
2012 June, ITSligo Fine Art Graduate Degree Show, Group show, Sligo, Ireland
2011 August, RDS Student art Awards Traveling Exhibition,Group Show, Dublin, Ireland
2011 July, The RDS Student Art Awards, Group Show, The RDS, Dublin, Ireland
2011 June, ‘Rubbish Man’ Sculpture/ Installation, Group Show Temple House, Sligo, Ireland
2007 December,The Diseart, Solo show, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
2018 August, ArtMaze Magazine, Summer Issue curated selection, online and in print.
2018 March, ArtSlant, ‘Under the Radar’ weekly selection. https://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/49284-under-the-radar-ricardo-v-ruiz-matthew-tucker-samantha-charette
2018 March, ArtSlant Prize, Winner in the 1st 2018 ArtSlant Prize Showcase competition.
2017 April, ArtMaze Magazine, Spring Issue, Selected works online and in print ArtMaze Magazine, online at http://artmazemag.com/issue-2/ April 2017
2016 Nov, Saatchi Art, ’20 Artists to Invest In’ curated selection by Rebecca Wilson, Online
2016 October, Create Magazine, issue 1, curated selection by Hannah Stouffer, online and in print at http://www.create-magazine.com/issue-i-2/
2016 July, Fresh Paint Magazine, Studio Visit, Digital copy and online at http://freshpaintmagazine.com/mathew-tucker/
2016 June, Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 13, Curated Selection by Rebecca Wilson of Saatchi Art, online and in print. http://freshpaintmagazine.com/curated-selection-for-the-international-issue-13-june-2016/
2016 November, The Nice Niche, online at http://www.theniceniche.com/this-week/mathew-tucker-artist?rq=mathew%20tucker
2014 March - ‘Spotlight on New York’, Saatchi Art, Curated Group Show, Online
2010 Sept. Sligo Today, http://www.sligotoday.ie/details.php?id=11017, 24/09/2010 ‘Man made’ Sculpture made from recycled rubbish, Strandhill, co. Sligo
Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland.
Works held in private collections in the United States, The Netherlands, The UK and Ireland.
2014, EU exchange project, Brussels, Belgium - EU
2013, Mural, 5th on Teeling, Sligo, Ireland
2012, October, Animations, projected at ’Sligo Live’, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
2011, Harun Farocki film workshop at The Model, Sligo, Ireland
About Mathew Tucker
Mathew Tucker was born in Hertfordshire and raised between England, Ireland and the Middle East. A sense of place is a recurrent theme in his work. Tucker has studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, London Institute, and Sligo Institute of Technology, and received his MFA in painting from Hunter College in 2016. His paintings have appeared in galleries, publications, and numerous private collections. Tucker lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.