b. 1966, Nottingham, England.
Mat Collishaw is a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths’ College in the late 1980s. He participated in Freeze (1988) and since his first solo exhibition in 1990 has exhibited widely internationally.
Recent solo exhibitions include Mat Collishaw, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2015), In Camera, Library of Birmingham (2015), Black Mirror, Galleria Borghese, Rome (2014),This Is Not An Exit, Blain|Southern, London (2013), Bass Museum of Art, Florida (2013); Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Bari (2013); Mat Collishaw: Afterimage, Arter, Istanbul (2013) and Magic Lantern at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010).
Recent group exhibitions include Vanitas – Fashion and Art, Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2014), Back to Eden, Museum of Biblical Art, New York (2014), Victoriana, The Guildhall Art Gallery, London (2013), GLASSTRESS:White Light/White Heat: Contemporary Artists & Glass, collateral Event of 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); About Caravaggio(curated by Anna Imponente), Museo Tuscolano – Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati Rome (2012); 720°, as part of Ron Arad’s Curtain Call Project, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2012); Made in Britain, Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Benaki Museum, Athens (2012); Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London; Otherwordly – Optical Delusions and Small Realities, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2012); and the 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul in 2011.
Collishaw’s work is in several public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania and Tate, London.
“Mat Collishaw’s (b 1966) art envelops us in a twilight world poised between the alluring and the revolting, the familiar and the shocking, the poetic and the morbid. With a visual language embracing diverse media, the beauty of he’s work draws us in – seductive, captivating, hypnotic – only to more forcefully repel us as we perceive the darker fantasies within. Repulsion triggered not by what we see, but by our innate response to it."
ARTIST NOTES (2012) -
Mat Collishaw’s (b 1966) art envelops us in a twilight world poised between the alluring and the revolting, the familiar and the shocking, the poetic and the morbid. With a visual language embracing diverse media, the beauty of he’s work draws us in – seductive, captivating, hypnotic – only to more forcefully repel us as we perceive the darker fantasies within.
Repulsion triggered not by what we see, but by our innate response to it.
Mat Collishaw received his BFA from Goldsmith College, London, in 1989 and began his career exhibiting the
acclaimed work Bullet Hole alongside his Goldsmiths contemporaries at the legendary show “Freeze” in 1989, and at “Modern Medicine” in 1990. Both shows were curated by Collishaw’s long-term friend Damien Hirst and are renowned for the rise to prominence of the YBAs (Young British Artists).
His work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world, including: Cohen Gallery, NY (1992); Camden Arts Centre, London (1996); Duty Free Spirits, Lisson Gallery, London (1997); Galeria d’Arte Moderne, Bologna, Italy (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2000); Mat Collishaw, Art & Public, Geneva (2004); Shooting Stars, Haunch of Venison, London (2008); Hysteria, Freud Museum, London (2009); and Retrospectre, BFI Southbank, London (2010).
Collishaw’s monumental site-specific work, Magic Lantern, was commissioned by The Victoria & Albert Museum and was installed in the cupola above the entrance from November 2010 - April 2011.
Both Thames & Hudson and Other Criteria have published books about Collishaw’s art practice.
This exhibition is in collaboration with BLAIN|SOUTHERN Gallery, London, UK.