An important member of the Young British Artists, Mat Collishaw creates work that confronts issues of moral ambiguity with formally stunning and alluring imagery. Coupling references to art history, literature and the Victorian era with modern imaging technology, the artist renders powerful images and objects that often re-contextualize the impact of traditionally disturbing and sinister subject matter. At once poetic and morbid, his sculptures, installations and photo-based works expose elements of beauty within the darkest fantasies, blurring the lines between seduction and repulsion, observation and exploitation, reality and artifice.
- Gomoria, 2012
- Insecticide 28, 2012
- The Venal Muse. Evergreen., 2012
- Gary Miller, 2011
- Bernard Amos, 2011
- Jeffrey Barney, 2011
- Garden of Un-Earthly Delights, 2009
- Garden of Un-Earthly Delights [detail], 2009
- Deliverance 47, 2008
- Fairy Offering Flowers to Iris, 2008
- Shrunken Heads, 1998
- Nature Morte, 1994
- Bullet Hole, 1988 / 1993
Born in 1966 in Nottingham, England, Collishaw received a BFA from Goldsmiths College in London (1989), where he currently lives.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including presentations at Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy (2014), Bass Museum of Art in Miami, FL (2013), Pino Pascali Foundation Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy (2013), British Film Institute, Southbank, London, UK (2010), Freud Museum, London, UK (2009), Modern Art, London (2003, 2001),
Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2000), Camden Arts Centre, London (1996), among others. In 2010, Collishaw was commissioned by The Victoria & Albert Museum in London to create his major site-specific work, Magic Lantern, which remained on view at the museum through 2011.
Throughout his career, his work has also been featured in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Serpentine Gallery in London, São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, as well as the 12th Istanbul Biennial curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffman in 2011.
His works are represented in many private and public collections, including those of the Tate in London, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, Museum Old and New Art in New South Wales, Australia, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
MAT COLLISHAWTHE NEW ART GALLERY WALSALL September 25 - January 10, 2016
BLACK MIRRORGALLERIA BORGHESE, ROME October 8 - January 11, 2015
The Bigger PictureTanya Bonakdar Gallery June 12 - August 1, 2014
MAT COLLISHAWTHE BASS MUSEUM, MIAMI August 10 - October 13, 2013
MAT COLLISHAW: VITACIDETanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 12 - February 18, 2012
MAT COLLISHAW: SORDID EARTHTHE ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON January 1 - December 31, 2011
MAT COLLISHAW: MAGIC LANTERNV&A MUSEUM, LONDON November 26, 2010 - March 27, 2011
MAT COLLISHAW: DELIVERANCETanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York June 19 - July 31, 2008
MAT COLLISHAW: MINOR CUTSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 12 - October 17, 1998
MAT COLLISHAW: CONTROL FREAKSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York December 4, 1996 - January 11, 1997
Mat CollishawNeal Brown, 2007 Softback with hardbacked slipcase, 176 pp pages
Publisher: Other Criteria, London
Dimensions: 230 x 170 mm (9 x 7 inches)
Mat Collishaw: Black MirrorAnna Coliva, Valentina Ciarallo, Andrew Graham-Dixon, 2015 Hardcover, pages
Mat CollishawSue Hubbard, Rachel Campbell-Johnson, 2013 hardcover, pages