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MATT BROMHEAD

Matt Bromhead was born in Sydney, Australia where he lives and works. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney in 2009 and has exhibited since then.

His making really began when he lived in a house on the ocean at a small town in Australia. That was when his core shapes started to appear, and where his first attempts to marry his drawn work and some sculptural pieces were made. That year was particularly fertile for Matt.

"I am interested in the use of automatic line; of making decisions on the spot, focusing on formal relationships from one move to the next. In working this way, I hope to minimise cerebral interference and arrive at somatic images. For me, the more chance decision-making employed whilst making a work, the more it hints at true character. I like eking out the same form via multiple means. It strengthens an archetype if it is considered over and over, from alternate angles. Through repetition, it becomes habitual, and therefore known. 

The cyanotype process is a joy to work with, probably because there are so many variables that you can’t control (light, wind, passage of time). It aligns with my general approach to drawing; to let things take their course, just tethered by an intention to do just that."

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Test Sheet (7), 2020
Cyanotype drawing on
cotton paper
57 x 77 cm
Edition of 5
9500 DKK / 1275 EUR
Depth Sound, 2020
Cyanotype drawing on
cotton paper
58 x 77 cm
9500 DKK / 1275 EUR
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Test Sheet (19), 2020
Charcoal, pastel on
cotton paper
58 x 77 cm
15000 DKK / 2010 EUR


Matt Bromhead has held solo exhibitions at Ray Hughes Gallery (2012), Bathurst Regional Gallery (2016), Galerie Pompom (2017), and Chalkhorse gallery (2020). 

In 2021 he has been selected to show in the Dobell Drawing prize in Australia.

Recent awards and prizes include the Hazelhurst Art on Paper award (2017, Highly Commended 2019), The Paddington Art Prize (2018), the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2020) and the Dobell Drawing Prize (2021). He has participated in residencies both nationally and internationally including the Bundanon Trust studio residency (2013, 2014), CAMAC Studio Residency in Marnay-Sur-Seine, France (2017) and in 2019 he was the inaugural recipient of the Kedewatan Studio Residency in Ubud, Indonesia.