Matt Collishaw was born in 1966 in Nottingham, England. In 1989 Collishaw received a BFA from Goldsmiths College in London where he currently lives.
An important member of the Young British Artists, Mat Collishaw creates work that confronts issues of moral ambiguity with formally stunning and alluring imagery. Coupling references to art history, literature and the Victorian era with modern imaging technology, the artist renders powerful images and objects that often re-contextualize the impact of traditionally disturbing and sinister subject matter. At once poetic and morbid, his sculptures, installations and photo-based works expose elements of beauty within the darkest fantasies, blurring the lines between seduction and repulsion, observation and exploitation, reality and artifice.
Matt Collishaw’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including presentations at Villa Borghese (Rome,2014), Bass Museum of Art (Miami 2013), Pino Pascali Foundation Polignano a Mare (Bari, 2013), British Film Institute (London 2010) and many others. In 2010, Collishaw was commissioned by The Victoria & Albert Museum in London to create his major site-specific work, Magic Lantern, which remained on view at the museum through 2011.
His works are represented in many private and public collections, including those of the Tate in London, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris and many others.