Matthew Harris’s practice often debases dominant hierarchies through socially critical and conceptual painting and sculpture. A queer sensibility and rhythmic seriality runs throughout his practice, with earlier works challenging conventions of taste and class, riffing on historical imagery with abject figuration in lurid colour palettes. More recently, Matthew collides materials, traditional First Nations techniques and minimal abstraction in new ways.
Matthew, born in Wangaratta in 1991 of mixed European and Koorie descent. He has exhibited widely in Australia as well as internationally. Select solo and duo shows include Panopticon, Conners Connors, Melbourne, 2022; Spiritual Poverty, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2022; Doom, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne 2022; Goo, FUTURES, Melbourne, 2021; The Simple Life, Galerie Pompom, Sydney, 2021; and Hell, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2018. Select group exhibitions include Between Waves, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2023 and Choose Happiness, Murray Art Museum, Albury, 2021. He was a Gertrude Contemporary Studio artist between 2020-2023. His work is held in public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2024 he will present work as part of the Yokohama Triennial in Japan.