About the artist

 

Matthew Burrows lives and works in the rolling hills of East Sussex, his studio on the site of an old windmill perched on a ridge between valleys. Despite the beautiful views and clear vistas, Burrows sense of place is far from sentimental. His relationship with habitat is not one of description or nostalgia, but one of dwelling and ritual. It is a process of mythologising, of drawing meaning from the particularities of the environment, of realising its wilderness and ours.

 

One has to be careful not to take this literally, Burrows speaks through analogy and metaphor. The exhibition includes images that may or may not be landscapes or figures. Their titles suggest reference to the mystic’s landscape of solitude and temptation, a paradise of emptiness and rage, a country of madness and silence.

 

His paintings are reflective, thoughtful and slow to reveal complex structural spaces filled with marks, shapes and pigment. The paintings on board use thin washes of oil paint scrubbed and scratched into and across the surface creating strange half states where colours and images hover on the edge of description. Painting on gesso grounds, Burrows creates an unusual softness across the hard and porous surfaces: fast and slow, thick and thin, rough and smooth. He finds his reality in paradoxes and thresholds rather than objective certainties. 

 

For Burrows the work of painting is in making us whole, with all our failings and idiosyncrasies. These paintings make themselves vulnerable; they display their faults and wounds without shame. They leave unmade their form and surface, finally asking for our participation in putting them and us together.

selected works

Strata II
2019
Ascension
2013
Wall
2017
Gatescape
2019
The Architect
2013
Single and Divided
2017
Abraham
2015
Green Tree
2015
Eclipse II
2015
St Lucy
2016
Storm
2016
River
2016

forthcoming exhibitions

past exhibitions

24 February – 8 April 2017

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Beyond the Garden Wall

Vigo Gallery
26 February – 28 March 2014

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Para-Dice

Vigo Gallery
29 June – 23 September 2012

Matthew BurrowsBiggs & CollingsHeywood & CondieHassan HajjajMarcus HarveyHenry KrokatsisOliver MarsdenJonathan BaldockDan CoombsKeith CoventryHoward DykeNeal GallTom GallantSteve GoddardPaul HousleyPhillip LaiPenny LambHew LockeJason MartinRyan MosleyZak OvéMichael SamuelsChris SuccoDolly ThompsettGavin TurkDouglas White

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague

selected press/news

24 March 2020

Matthew Burrows

#ArtistsSupportPledge: growing online marketplace to help artists generates £9m in one week
 
19 March 2020

Matthew Burrows

Emerging Artists Are Pledging to Support One Another During the Health Crisis by Buying Each Other’s Work Through Instagram
With the Artist Support Pledge, Matthew Burrows hopes to make generosity infectious.
 

Strata II

2019Oil on Linen on board152.5 x 119.5 cm cm / 60 x 47 in

Ascension

2013Oil on panel180 x 152.5 x  cm / 70 7/8 x  in

Wall

2017Oil on board152.5 x 124.5 cm / 60 x 49 in

Gatescape

2019Oil on Linen on board180 x 149 cm / 70 7/8 x 58 5/8 in

The Architect

2013152.5 x 124.5 cm x  cm / 60 x  in

Single and Divided

2017Oil on board122 x 94 cm / 48 x 37 in

Abraham

2015Oil on board 44 x 37 cm / 17 3/8 x 14 5/8 in

Green Tree

2015Oil on board180 x 152.5 cm / 70 7/8 x 60 in

Eclipse II

2015Oil on board77.5 x 59.5 cm / 30 1/2 x 23 3/8 in

St Lucy

2016Oil on canvas47 x 40 cm / 18 1/2 x 15 3/4 in

Storm

2016Oil on board40 x 30 cm / 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in

River

2016Oil on board29.7 x 25 cm / 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in