Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer

Glenarm, Co.Antrim

About Matthew Spencer

Spencer is interested in how our world is represented to us through simulated images in the media and how these in turn form our comprehension of the world around us, basing his pieces on images from the media and internet. His works are cynical of utopian notions surrounding our relationship with the natural world, effectively combining medium, process and aesthetics as message. The MDF, household paint and painstakingly slow hand cutting process that he uses gives the work a raw abandoned aesthetic, creating scenes which depict gritty disenchanted visions of man-made structures and waste in woods and forests.


2008- 10, Master of Fine Art, Bath Spa University
2005-08, BA (hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa University



2014 Signature Art Prize

2015 Saatchi UK/Raine Art Prize finalist
2015 Art Habens Annual winner
2013 New Lights Art Prize finalist
2012 Signature Art Prize winner
2012 NEO Studio Prize winner
2011 The Southwood NOAC Award for best UK Artist(under 25) winner
2011 New Lights Painting Prize finalist


2015 UK/Raine Art Prize, Saatchi Gallery, London

2015 AAF Batersea,, London

2015 AAF Hampstead,, London

2015 AAF Singapore,, Singapore

2015 Painting the Future, Contemporary Collective,, London

2014 Edinburgh Art Fair,, Edinburgh

2014 AAF Batersea,, London

2014 Buy Art Fair,, Manchester

2014 AAF Bristol,, Bristol

2014 AAF Hampstead,

2014 AAF Singapore,, Singapore

2014 Loud and Western,, Fulham

2014 Between the lines, The Execution Room,, London

2013 Edinburgh Art Fair,, Edinburgh

2013 Buy Art Fair,, Manchester

2013 AAF Batersea,, London

2013 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2013 New Lights Art Prize, The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

2013 New Lights, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2012 Portfolio, Marburae Art Gallery, Macclesfield

2012 The Signature Art Prize, DegreeArt, London

2012 Cork Street Open Exhibition, Mayfair, London

2012 The Great North Art Show, Ripon

2012 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London

2012 NEO Art Prize, Gallery 32, Bolton

2012 Candid Berlin, Universität der Künste, Berlin

2012 Debut Contemporary, London

2012 The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

2011 National Open Art Competition Exhibition, The Minerva Theatre, Chichester

2011 25 Years of Christmas, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2011 New lights Painting Prize, The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

2011 Mixed Media Exhibition, The Candid Arts Trust, London

2010 A Few of My Favourite Things, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2008 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol – bo lee Gallery

2008 Affordable Art Fair, London – bo lee Gallery

2008 100%, Mauger Modern Art - Bath, UK

2008 Control Art Delete – Free Range, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

2008 Wilderness 2 – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath

2007 Wilderness – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath