Approved: 13.10.2009

Matthew Shelton

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Approved: 13.10.2009

I make simple work and seek to capture light, emotion and how people live and work. I like to keep beauty on my side: I welcome chance encounters.
For several years I have been developing an artistic practice involving the documentation of industry - coal mining, textiles, banking, engineering and iron making - and the landscapes and lives and raw material they use and occupy.
My primary modes of

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Biography

I make simple work and seek to capture light, emotion and how people live and work. I like to keep beauty on my side: I welcome chance encounters. For several years I have been developing an artistic practice involving the documentation of industry - coal mining, textiles, banking, engineering and iron making - and the landscapes and lives and raw material they use and occupy. My primary modes of expression are drawing and photography; the processes I employ include research, geological and topographical mapping, collecting and publication of newspapers and postcards. I aim to create significant bodies of work - significant not in terms of size, provenance or insurance value, but in terms of their beauty, innovation, materiality, cultural value and social resonance. I will judge my success in terms of the degree to which my practice combines relevance, purpose, intellectual rigour and beauty.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1995 - MA Art & Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds 1985 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool Solo exhibitions 2007 - Sea to Shining Sea, Art Market, Leeds Group exhibitions 2009 - Signs of Life, PSL, Leeds 2007 - Delineate, Dean Clough, Halifax Curated projects 2007 - Delineate, East Street Arts, Leeds 2004 - Coal Salt Tin, East Street Arts, Leeds Artist talks 2008 - Multitude, Leeds University, Leeds Public commissions 2010 - Helter Skelter, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield