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Matt James Healy

Born in London, UK

Lives & works in Folkestone

 

Healy’s work explores the liminal spaces of outer and inner landscapes,
using a variety of media from household paint on handmade panels of
wood, foraged from industrial landscapes to oil on canvas and concrete poetry.

Growing up in suburban North London, an early fascination with the Romantic artists and poets has inspired a highly emotive response to his environment as over time, certain
landmarks took on an almost religious significance…

Electricity pylons become the giants of Albion; the man-made chalk
pits are now lakes of fire; wires overlapping the sun and moon produced
music of the spheres and streetlights provide portals to new realms of thought.

Until all of his surroundings in these London edgelands are
interwoven with a personal mythology.

These ‘doors in the wall’ as HG Wells called them, glimpses into the other, opportunities to transcend the everyday, fleeting moments of revelry and revelation is what Healy captures in his work and then provides the audience with a means of doing the same.

 

Education

Bournemouth Arts Institute, BA hons Fine Art 2006

Middlesex University, Foundation Art and Design 2001

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

Edgeland Visions II, Lido Stores 2022

Sea Myths, Wayne Reeves Gallery 2021

Edgeland Visions, Brew Gallery 2019

Words of Revolt, Whelkboy Gallery 2018

 

Group

Paintings, with Mark Millsted, Touchbase Gallery October 2022

Open Exhibition, Old Lock Up Gallery 2022

Give Me Love, Hera Gallery 2022

Zilch!, 8A Gallery 2021

Open Exhibition, Tarpey Gallery 2021

Open Exhibition, Old Lock Up Gallery 2021

With Mark Millsted, Wayne Reeves Gallery 2020

Outsiders, Don’t Walk Gallery  2019

Wildfire Gallery, Folkestone 2019

Wildfire Gallery, Norwich 2019

Wildfire Gallery, Brighton 2019

Ethel Loves Me, 2018

Good Grief, Whelkboy Gallery 2018

Northampton Bienniel, Northampton Contemporary Arts 2018

Press On, Northampton Contemporary Arts 2018

Blackswan Open, Blackswan Arts 2017

 

 

Publications

 

Edgeland Visions Feature, Unofficial Britain 2020

Cover Artwork for Sadru Loops by Rob Shields 2019

Album Artwork for More Colour 2019

Press On, Pressmk.Club 2018

 

Art Technician and Assistant

 

‘A Map of how the World Works’ 2016

Artist: Brook Andrew

Pommery Champagne House, Reims France

 

‘Africa Captales – Lille 3000’ 2017

Curator: Simon Njami

Saint Sauveur, Lille France

 

‘Room A’ 2017

Artist: Brook Andrew

Musee d’ethnographie, Geneve Switzerland

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