Matthew Carver

.. art ...


.. it’s a bit of a shame.. if you’re only experiencing these paintings through a device such as your mobile phone or laptop. It would be great for you to see them in person.. to see all the layers that get built up to form the surfaces with all the detail they entail....


Install shots..

Here are a few examples of paintings within gallery solo and group exhibitions ...

Matthew Carver Night of the world (install shot) 1.jpg

There's more to come..

.. obviously, we're just redesigning this whole website and adding more content...


Anamorphic Paintings



     .. we'll have some writing and press from over the years..

"When Canadian artist Matthew Carver began painting giant scenes of riot police around the world, he had no idea that the works would some day overlook an actual uprising..."

— Elizabeth Renzetti, The Globe and Mail, January 31, 2011

Asian Art News









M.A. Fine Art with Distinction, 2005, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London


B.F.A. Honours Degree, 1992, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Canada 





Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Professionals in the Visual Arts, 2014

Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant to Visual Artists, 2013

Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Professionals in the Visual Arts, 2010

Singleton Family Scholarship, The Banff Centre for the Arts, 2001

Ontario Arts Council, Individual Visual Artist Grant - Emerging Artist, 2001

The Canadian Emerging Artist Prize, First Prize, 2000 

Jack Bush Scholarship, York University, 1990-91





Night of the World, October 3 – 28, 2015, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto


Polizei, November 8 – December 22, 2012 , UWAG, Gallery One, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON, Canada


Polizei, October 15 – November 12, 2011, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto


Fractures, September 18 – November 28, 2009, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany


Sirens and Lights, April 16 – May 7, 2009, Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Floating World, March 29 – July 20, 2008, Museum London, Canada


Bright Lights, Big City, February 8 - March 7, 2007, Taksu Singapore, Singapore 

January  18 - February 3, 2007, Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Neo Tokyo, May 29 - June 19, 2004, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto


Distemper, July 12 - August 4, 2001, 64 Steps Contemporary Art, Toronto


Cappuccino, October 29 - November 28, 1999, Temporary Bus Stop (Katharine Mulherin Contemporary), Toronto


Juice Kings, May 27 - June 5, 1999, Bus Gallery (Katharine Mulherin Contemporary), Toronto





Multi Layered Surfaces, April 11 – June 6, 2018, Prince Takamado Gallery, The Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan


Multi Layered Surfaces, May 17 – June 15, 2018, Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan


Director’s Choice, June 15 – July 29, 2017, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto


Elusive Utopias (Matthew Carver, Renee Van Halm, Ian McLean and Kevin Yates), February 3 – May 7, 2017, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Canada


2016 London Biennale Manila Pollination, September 17 – October 9, 2016, Manila, Philippines


In/Outsource Nei Xiao/ Wei bao 

Andy Denzler (CH ) Adad Hanna (CAN), Arya Pandualu (INDO), Deng Dai Fei (CN), Ed Pien (CAN), Gao Brothers (CN), Isabelle Wenzel (GR) Jonathan Mongnahan (USA), Judy Ross (GR), Ken Lum (Can), Liu Ding (CN) Lin Jing Jing (CN), Ma Yongfeng (CN), Matthew Carver (CAN), Patty Chang and David Kelly (USA), Sara Anne Johnson (Can) Shen Yi Elsie (CN) Thomas Baumann (AU) Wangongxin (CN) Wibowo Adi (INDO),Xiaojing Yan (CAN), Zhang Zhaohui (CN).

December 10, 2014 – January 20, 2015, AMNUA, The Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, China


Summer Group Show, July 10 – August 2, 2014, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto


Uncertain World (Matthew Carver, Susan Dobson, Shelley Niro & Kelly Richardson) 

May 26 - June 2, 2012, UWAG, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON, Canada


The Samawi Collection II, March 12 – April 26, 2012, Ayyam Art Center, Dubai


Speed Demon (Don Bonham, Matthew Carver, Murray Favro, Steven Laurie, Ron Martin, Royden Rabinowitch, John Scott, Masashi Iwasaki & Tadasu Takamine)   

July 9 - September 25, 2011, Museum London, Canada


Wolfgang Petrick, Artists Anonymous, Matthew Carver and Chul-Hyun Ahn

January 14 – April 30, 2011, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany


12th Cairo Biennale , December 12, 2010 - February 12, 2011, Cairo, Egypt


Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos, June 7 - September 17, 2010, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany


Globalised Nature, February 12 - April 25, 2010, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany


New Space, February 3 – 28, 2010, Taksu Singapore, Singapore 


Light and Transition, May 2 - June 4, 2008, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany


Cropped, June 3 - 30, 2007, Slot, Alexandria, NSW, Australia


Anticipation (curated by Flora Fairbairn, Kay Saatchi and Catriona Warren), May 23 – June 9, 2007, One One One, London, U.K.


Noon Day Demons: Hold Onto Your Ego, March 1 - 11, 2007, Studio 1.1, London, U.K.


Disposable Fetish , January 18 - 27, 2007, The Nunnery Gallery, London, U.K.


Nasi Campur, April 22 - May 7, 2005, Taksu Singapore, Singapore


2004 Group Show, July 24 - August 31, 2004, Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

August 13 - 31, 2004, Taksu Singapore, Singapore


Configuration  {Two Person Show with Christina Sealey}

February 15 - March 23, 2002, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton


December Show, December 9 - 23, 2000, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton


Last Century Modern, November 22 - December 14, 2000, SPIN Gallery, Toronto


Vancouver Fall Show

September 30 - October 14, 2000, Douglas Udell Gallery, 1558 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver


Good ‘n’ Plenty: Food as Visual Culture

September 22 - October 14, 2000, 1926 Exhibition Study Space: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Room  {Two Person Show with Gillian Iles}

August 25 - September 17, 2000, loop, 1174 Queen Street West, Toronto


loop: Inaugural Exhibition, March 4 - 25, 2000, loop, 1174 Queen Street West, Toronto


Personal Grounds, September 9 - 29, 1999, 431 King Street West, Toronto


Tall Orders: On the Spiritual in Art

December 5, 1998 - January 9, 1999, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto


Gallery Artists, December 3, 1998 - January 29, 1999, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto





Art Toronto, October 2017  

Positions Berlin, September 2017

Art Miami, November/December 2016  

Art Toronto, October 2016 

Art Toronto, October 2015  

Art Toronto, October 2014

Art Stage Singapore, January 2011

Art Taipei, solo booth presentation for Galerie Caprice Horn, August 2010

Art HK 10, Hong Kong, May 2010        

Art Singapore, October 2009

Scope Basel, Museum Presents “The New Empire” curated by Victoria Lu, June 2009

Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 2009

Art Dubai, Dubai, March 2009

Palm Beach 3, Florida, January 2009

Art Paris, Abu Dhabi, November 2008

Art Singapore, October 2008

KIAF Korea, September 2008

Photo Beijing, Beijing, September 2008

Art HK, Hong Kong, May 2008

CIRCA, Puerto Rico, April 2008

ArtSingapore, October 2007

ArtSingapore, September/October 2006

TIAF, Toronto, September/October 2004





Matthew Carver, Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 12, April & May 2016


Matthew Carver: Night of the World, Wall Street International, October, 2015


Horne-Gaul, Laura An Interview with Matthew Carver, Tussle Magazine, July 2014!matthew-carver/c1wrp


Borderviews. The Big Picture – Matthew Carver, Border Crossings, September October November 2013


Reid, Robert.  From Civil Disobedience To The Domestic and Mundane – Matthew Carver: Polizei, 

Addad Hannah: The Russians, Waterloo Region Record, November 17, 2012


Aggerholm, Barbara. Inspired by the World, Grand Magazine, January 2012


Ahrar, Yassine. La XIIème biennale du Caire: La diversité de tout et chaque chose possible

Arts du Maroc, April 2011


Lammerich, Yvonne. The Cairo Biennale: Political Prescience, Canadian Art online, March 10, 2011


Renzetti, Elizabeth. Canadian artist’s riot-police paintings trapped in Cairo Bedlam, The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2011


Townsend, Melanie. Matthew Carver, RBC Canadian Painting Competition Ten Years, 2008


Carte Blanche v.2: Painting, The Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2008.


Fairley, Gina. Light, Illusion, Speed, Asian Art News, July/August 2007


Lenzi, Iola. Matthew Carver, Time Out Singapore, March 7, 2007


Temple, Kevin. Shiny, happy objects, Now Magazine, June 3, 2004


Dault, Gary Michael. Gallery Going

The Globe and Mail, July 21, 2001

The Globe and Mail, August 26, 2000

The Globe and Mail, March 18, 2000

The Globe and Mail, September 18, 1999

The Globe and Mail, June 5, 1999


to C’, C International Contemporary Art, Issue #70, Summer 2001


Fast Forward, Canadian Art, Volume 18, Number 2, Summer 2001


Anto, Siobhan. Cappuccino, Writing Art, An OCAD Journal of Critical Art Writing, 2000


Hirschmann, Thomas. The peep technique, At the Galleries. National Post, September 2, 2000


Jordan, Betty Ann. Elusive Art, Where Toronto, September 2000


MacKay, Gillian. Gallery Going, The Globe and Mail, November 6, 1999


Hanna, Deirdre. Highly Recommended, Now Magazine, October 15, 1998





Taksu Artist Residency, March & April 2009, TARP, Kuala Lumpur


Taksu Artist Residency, October 2006 - February 2007, Taksu Singapore & TARP, Kuala Lumpur


Thematic Residency for Media & Visual Arts, October 22 - December 7, 2001, The Banff Centre for the Arts





Canadian Art Collection, RBC Financial Group

Museum London, Canada

Ontario Securities Commission

Saatchi Collection, London, U.K.

The Samawi Collection, Dubai

Taittinger Collection, Switzerland

Many Private Collections





"You play. You never tell. Find the doors, portals, points and wells. You play. You never tell. Step through the gates of life and hell. You play. You never tell. The wardens watch and guard us well. You play and pray you never tell."

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