Matthew Small



MA Illustration, Royal College of Art, 2000
BA Illustration, Westminster (First Class), 1998

Small is a passionate believer in social inclusion and that, given the opportunities to be heard and respected, all individuals have something of value to contribute to society.
His paintings are an expression of his world view: by painting young marginalized figures of society he allows the viewer to spend time with these people in the hope that a shared a sense of humanity unrestricted by class and social boundaries will arise.
Previous projects include ‘Hope in Life’ where Matt ran a series of weekly workshops with people who have spent time in mental health institutions, and/or were homeless or educationally excluded. Each week this group would come together and, alongside established artists, express themselves through painting and music.

Solo Exhibitions
The Radiant Ones, Hoxton Hotel, 2013
Seen and Heard, Gallery Different, 2012
Seen and Heard, Blackall studios, 2012
Recognition, Merry kornowsky gallery, LA 2011
That I May See, Black Rat Projects, London, 2010
Youngstarrs, Black Rat Press, London 2009
Small Faces, Sesame Gallery, London 2008
This is England, Leonard Street Gallery, London, 2007
Tricycle Arts Centre, Kilburn, 2005
Sesame, Islington, 2005
Lefevre Gallery, Mayfair, 2002
Selected Group Exhibitions
Urban Masters, Factory 7, 2012
Street art against slavery, village underground 2012
Show Me The Monet, The Mall Galleries, 2012
The Bear Market, Look For Art Gallery, Amsterdam, 2012
Moniker art Fair, Village Underground 2011
This is London, DIE Galerie, Seoul, Korea, 2010
Wunderkammer, Sesame Gallery, London 2010
Represent, Blackall Studios, London 2009 (curator)
Mutate Britain, London, 2009
SCOPE Basel, Switzerland, 2009
Five Years, Sesame Gallery, 2008
SCOPE London, 2008
Philips Auction House, 2008
Scream In High Definition, Scream Gallery, 2008
Big Issue Charity Show, Black Rat Press, 2008
Dreawetts Auction House, The Village Underground, 2008
Black Rat Print Show, Black Rat Press, London 2008
White Noise, Black Rat Press, London 2007
Underexposed, Novas Gallery, London, 2007
Eleven, Leonard Street Gallery, London, 2007
Leonard Street Gallery, 2006
AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York, 2005
‘Street Portraits’, Sesame, London, 2004
Hunting Art Competition, Royal Academy of Art, 2002
London Art Fair 2001, 02,05,07, Islington
BP Portrait award, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2001
Villiers David Art Prize, Christies, London, 2001
Lefevre Gallery, Mayfair, 2000

Hunting Art Prize Nominee, UK, 2002
Villiers David Art Prize UK, 2001
BP Portrait Award Nominee, 2001
E-D-F Man Drawing Competition, Second Place, 2000