Matt Henry (born 1973) lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand. He received his MFA from Melbourne’s RMIT University in 2008 and his work is held in public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Wallace Arts Trust; New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Elevation Capital Art Collection and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Henry’s work draws upon the languages of design and abstraction examining formal connections between non-objective abstraction, design and architecture. His often paradoxically mimetic form of reductive art considers contextual shifts through scale, materiality and situation in order to explore histories and contradictions imbedded in the minimalist idiom.
Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Space Suit, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2018); Analogues, Starkwhite, Auckland (2017); Long Division, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2016); Personal Recordings, Goya Curtain, Tokyo (2016); Structural Relief, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2014-15); High Fidelity, Starkwhite, Auckland (2013); Elsewhere, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2012-13); From the series 16:9, Sydney Non Objective (2012); Vernacular Painting, Starkwhite, Auckland (2011) and User Friendly, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2011).
McAvoy, E. (2016). Voodoo Ray vs. Zombie Modernism. Matt Henry: Long Division [exhibition catalogue]. New Plymouth: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Hurrell, John. (2016, Nov 21). Matt Henry’s Govett Installation: http://www.eyecontactsite.com/2016/11/matt-henrys-govett-installation
Phillips, Bruce E. (2012, Feb 1). Painting Obsolescence [catalogue text] From the Series 16:9, Sydney Non Objective, 2012.
Hurrell, John. (2014, Dec 22). Matt Henry in Te Tuhi: http://www.eyecontactsite.com/2014/12/matt-henry-in-te-tuhi-ii