Matt Vale

Art House 5
Address: 5/3 Brighton Place
Open: 2/3 September

Paintings, prints, collages and drawings of landscapes investigating the different ways that the environment around us can be seen.

Matt’s current area of focus is the landscape, constructing images through multiple layers of found images, painting, mark making and observational drawing. These images investigate the multiple ways that the world around us can be seen-from the geological to the economic–and pose questions about the purpose of landscape imagery. Matt’s love of art was sparked by the purchase of three issues of Batman comic at a school bring and buy sale. In conjunction with the discovery of hip-hop and sample-based music led to (or encouraged) a passion for collection and research which strongly informs Matt’s work. Through Matt’s experience in care and education he has witnessed the inequity of society and the consequences of this. The dissonance between political narratives and lived reality are central to Matt’s practice.

About Matt studied at Edinburgh College of Art BA (hons) Drawing &Painting.

Group/solo exhibitions include The Arches, The Factory, East Campbell Street WASPS, Aspect Painting Prize (Glasgow), Total Kunst, Patriothall WASPS, Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh) and The Roxy 

He is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and formed ‘Minty Rae’ a family screen printing business producing t-shirts and prints. He has worked with Craigmillar Book Trust working with primary school communities to produce illustrations for a book inspired by ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.


Instagram: @m2thv