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Matthew Wilson

MA work

Inspired by Walter Benjamin's "angel of history" passage from the essay, Theses on the Philosophy of History, Matthew Wilson has created work on the natural material of chalk with its industrial successor, concrete. The show is centred around a sound installation, Bone Splitter/Bone Setter, in which a voice describes its attempts to learn from and recreate the physical rubble of a relationship. He has combined this with works in print and sculpture, creating pieces that morph the chalk into unnatural geometric forms, as well as merging them with concrete, highlighting the constant processing that takes place during the breakdown, alteration, and development of the material.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Print, 2018

  • Matthew Wilson's practice looks at the relationships humans have with a specific material or landscape, and the impact they have. Working across a range of media, he focuses on humanity's role in the deconstruction and processing of these surroundings. He questions if any alteration performed upon a physical entity - regardless of how destructive - is in fact, an inevitable course. Is the only way to not move forward to attempt to rebuild what has been destroyed, as it was in its former self, without considering how the act of deconstruction has affected people?
  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, University of Dundee, 2013
  • Experience

  • Studio Technician, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, 2014-16; Waterless Lithography Tutor, East London Printmakers, London, 2017-18; Guest Speaker: Friends of the Number Shop, The Number Shop, Edinburgh, 2017; Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Print and Printability, Matthew Gallery, Dundee, 2012; DJCAD Degree Show 2013, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, 2013; Savage and Tender, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr, 2013; RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition 2014. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2014; New Scottish Artists, The Fleming Collection, London, 2014; Amok/Matchbox (solo), Edinburgh Printmakers (lower gallery), Edinburgh, 2014; Prints (solo), The Watchtower, Berwick upon Tweed, 2015; Invisible Cities, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015; Scottish Printmakers, Zillah Bell Contemporary Art, Thirsk, 2015; Amok/Matchbox (solo), Meffan Gallery, Forfar, 2015; Ten Isles (solo), Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, 2015; InPrint Biennale, Studio Eleven Gallery & Hull School of Art and Design, Hull, 2015; For You and Your Loved Ones (solo), Gallery 621, Calgary, 2017; Freshly Squeezed, CGP, London, 2017; Locality, DOK Space, Edinburgh, 2017; Like, Literally, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Hold Your Horses, Hold them and Never let Them Go, CGP, London, 2018; Odysseys, Upper Church Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2018
  • Awards

  • Frameworks Prize, 2013; RSA New Contemporaries: Selected Artist, 2014; Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize, 2014; Walter Scott Global Investment Award, 2014; Dewar Award, 2016 & 2017