Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Mat Collishaw studied at Goldsmiths College of Art from 1986 to 1989, along with a number of other prominent international British artists. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Freeze in 1988, and Modern Medicine in 1990, and has had many solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally.
His work appears in important public collections including Tate, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Haunch of Venison, Zurich. Mat Collishaw lives and works in London.
July 6, 2016Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA 6 July – 24 August 2016
Newlyn Art Gallery 27th June – 19th September 2015
June 26, 2015Aldeburgh Festival, 2015
For the series, Collishaw restated a number of - often intriguing - last suppers and arranged them in the style of 17th century Vanitas paintings, a manner traditionally used to reflect on the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. Whilst aesthetically pleasing in the most classical sense, these photographs reveal a shocking confrontation with the imminence of death, and give insight into the desires and fears of the soon to be executed. Humble and mundane foods like cheeseburgers or ice cream take on a new poignancy, as the pictures become surrogate portraits of the prisoners. The multi-layered, yet subtle way in which the message is conveyed is characteristic for Collishaw’s oeuvre.
April 30, 2015NGORONGORO
Exhibition opening: Thursday 30 April 2015; 2 pm – 12 midnight Opening hours: Friday 1 May, Saturday 2 May, Sunday 3 May 2015; 10 am – 12 midnight
December 6, 2013CHARITY BOOK: The Artist’s Colouring Book of ABC’s
A number of contemporary artists have collaborated on a charity project to create a children’s alphabetical colouring-in book, titled The Artists’ Colouring Book of ABC.
The project was created by Charlotte Colbert (of Humpty Dumpty Publishing) and the people behind Alteria Art. The funds raised will go to London based Kids Company Charity. The charity was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996, supporting vulnerable inner-city children.
Mat Collishaw is back at the FaMa Gallery with a solo show entitled PRETERNATURAL. The exhibition presents an important corpus composed of some of the artist’s most recent works as well as the Burning Butterflies series.
August 10, 2013Collishaw’s Last Meal on Death Row in Florida
The Bass Museum of Art presents a solo exhibition by London-based artist Mat Collishaw. An artist whose wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, photography, and new media, Collishaw explores dark and subversive subject matter, often dealing with issues that are morally and politically charged. In his photographic series Last Meal on Death Row, Texas, Collishaw utilizes the style Baroque still life painting to portray the final meals requested by inmates on death row. In a fitting juxtaposition, the emotional and psychological gravity of each last meal portrayal resonates with the tradition of still life painting, a genre rife with overtones of mortality, isolation, and decadence. The fact that Collishaw uses inmates from the state of Texas also adds to the political overtones of his work, as Texas has had the highest number of executions since 1976, more than any other state. Interestingly, the act of fulfilling inmates’ requests for final meals in Texas ended in September 2011 after a state legislator’s outcry against the excessiveness of recent meals.
See Mat Collishaw’s Last Meal on Death Row with Other Criteria here.
March 13, 2013IN CONVERSATION: Mat Collishaw and Sue Hubbard
January 12, 2012Vitacide at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Until 18th February 2012
Collishaw creates sculpture, installation and photo-based works that confront issues of moral ambiguity with formally stunning and alluring imagery, and often re-contextualize the impact of more disturbing or sinister subject matter. Mining the fertile ground between seduction and repulsion, reality and artifice, the works captivate the viewer with their compelling incorporation of beauty and horror in equal measure.
October 21, 2011Mat Collishaw edition at New Bond Street
Mat Collishaw's limited edition book, featuring a DVD is currently in store at Other Criteria's New Bond Street store. See images of the work, alongside other limited edition books here or visit our New Bond Street store until the end of October.
August 8, 2011Mat Collishaw's Sordid Earth at the Roundhouse
See Mat Collishaw's Sordid Earth at the Roundhouse on Wednesday 24th August 8-9.30pm.
May 13, 2011TALK: Mat Collishaw and Sue Hubbard at the ICA
Feed your mind with free lunchtime talks for the culturally curious. Join the ICA for a series of lively lunch hour events with key figures from London’s contemporary arts scene. Bring your lunch, sit back and do something different with your lunch break.
Culture Now: Mat Collishaw and Sue Hubbard
1.15pm Friday 13th May
Free, booking required
Mat Collishaw joins the ICA for this special lunch time talk with writer Sue Hubbard to discuss the changing shape and new directions of culture in the 21st century.
February 26, 2010Mat Collishaw: Retrospectre
Check out Mat Collishaw’s installation Retrospectre at the BFI from 26th February 2010. Created to celebrate the film director and artist Sergei Paradjanov (1924 – 1990), Collishaw’s work has a mixture of antique items and contemporary forms.
For more information, images and official press release, visit our blog.
This exhibition brings together three remarkable artists for the first time: Paula Rego, Tracey Emin and Mat Collishaw. Now exhibiting together in the unique and intimate surroundings of the Foundling Museum, the artists have engaged in a dramatic visual dialogue relating to the story and themes of the Museum, which memorialises Britain’s first home for abandoned children.