LIVES/WORKS IN AUCKLAND
Matt Ellwood employs the various vocabularies of current advertising, outdated men's magazines and toy merchandising as abundant resources for appropriation-based sculptures, drawings, and digital interventions. These are set up as allegorical filters for a playful, but equally perverse, subversion of ideology surrounding censorship and desire.
Collections include James Wallace Collection, Auckland along with numerous private collections in Australia and New Zealand.
Installation view, Smoking Tom Ford (2013) General Store, East Sydney Review by Anna Madeleine
Detail: Smoking Tom Ford #3 (2013) Charcoal on paper 100 x 63cm
Tom Fiordland #1 (2013) Reprinted image, postcard, masking tape, 43.5 x 31.5 cm framed
Installation view, Alabama Song, General Store East Sydney (2011) Review by Manne Schulze
Alabama Song series at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
Unconditional Love (2011) Plywood, dowel, beeswax, James Wallace Collection, Auckland
Installation view, Michael Lett, Auckland
ELLWOOD shortlisted for WALLACE TRUST AWARD 2017
Congratulations to Matt Ellwood for being shortlisted for the Wallace Art Awards for 2017. The Wallace Trust Art Awards are now the longest surviving and largest art award of its kind in New Zealand.
ART NEW ZEALAND: MATT ELLWOOD Interrogates Art & Fashion
Latest issue of Art New Zealand magazine ( no. 158 / Winter 2016) Creative Industry: Matt Ellwood interrogates Art and fashion, writes Anna Madeleine.
END OF FASHION
Ellwood in new catalogue, End of Fashion, conference and exhibition at Massey University, Wellington, NZ, 6-9th of December 2016, with article, Fashion's Horizons by Dr. Adam Geczy in catalogue
FRIEZE SAINT LAURENT reviews in NZ HERALD + VIVA + ARTSDIARY.NZ
Congrats to Matt Ellwood, "Oustanding skill in traditional charcoal drawing is applied to very modern art design and publicity in Matt Ellwood's work" - T.J. McNamara, NZ herald - Another review in Viva - See the installation and images at artdiary.nz
FRIEZE SAINT LAURENT, MATT ELLWOOD at Melanie Roger, Auckland
One year in the making, the exhibition "Frieze Saint Laurent" includes a suite of eight charcoal drawings of subject matter taken from eight editions of art-world staple ‘Frieze’ magazine. Read More. Opening on the 5th of April 2016.
McDonalds as Architectural Icon, EYECONTACT
Review by John Hurrell for Eyecontact on Matt Ellwood's latest installation for Auckland's Te Tuhi Centre for Arts Billboards project. Read More.