Project Description

Matthew Burrows MBE

Matthew Burrows MBE



About Matthew Burrows MBE

Matthew Burrows (born 1971) is a contemporary British painter and founder of Artist Support Pledge, a global movement in support of artists and makers. Matthew lives and works in the UK and is represented by Vigo Gallery London.

Matthew speaks of painting as a form of subsistence, dependent on and arising from the ground at his feet. Through the layering of colour and line, he creates images that invite mediation and a slow unraveling of space and experience. Matthew sees his practice as ‘one of dwelling and ritual, a process of mythologizing, of drawing meaning from the particularities of the environment and his movement in and through it’. His work explores the conditions by which we thrive and connect – individually, communally and cosmologically.

Matthew’s teaching experience includes: The National Gallery, London; Fellow in Fine Art at University of Chichester; University of Brighton, University of Central England, Birmingham; Senior Lecturer in Painting and Drawing University of Huddersfield, 1997-2003.#artistsupportpledge


Solo exhibitions include:

Beyond the Garden Wall Vigo Gallery London, London, 2017

Para-Dice Vigo Gallery, London, 2014

Cultic Twister Alexia Goethe Gallery, London, 2009

Anyone Here? Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 2003

A Divine Comedy Gloucester Cathedral, touring to Gloucester City Art Gallery, Huddersfield City Art Gallery, 2000-2001.

Group exhibitions include:

Towards Night Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne 2017

Permeable Edge Otter Gallery Chichester 2016

WET AND DRY painting to the edges Observer Building, Hastings, with Gerard Hemsworth and Rose Wylie, 2015

London Twelve Prague City Museum 2012; Selektionseffekte Blain|Southern, Berlin, with Anton Henning, Rachel Howard, 2011

Foolish Romantics Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight, 2010

LayersSeongnam Arts Centre, Korea, 2010

John Moores 24 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2006

Awards and prizes include:

2016-19 Artist Fellow University of Chichester

1999-2000 Artist in Residence, Gloucester Cathedral

2006 John Moores 24, Prize Winner

2000-2001 Artist’s Residency, National Gallery, London