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ABOUT

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Matt Herriot [b.1999] is a British painter. He received a BA in Art and History of Art from Yale University in 2022, and will complete his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2025. 

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The experience of my paintings parallels the sensations experienced in nature. Pleasing color harmonies nested within dynamic gestures draw an equivalence to a flicker of sunshine or a light breeze on a summer’s day: small, blissful moments, quietly advocating for the joy of being present. Each one of my paintings offers a moment of this kind.

 

This dual process of seeing and feeling is nonetheless grounded in the material realities of paint. Overlapping brushwork reflects my free, improvisational painting method while the delicate fracturing of oil upon anodized aluminum further complicates optical space with undulating tones and serendipitous details. Though involving spontaneity, the act of making is itself a mode of thinking. Every additional gesture or adjusted hue is intuitively determined in response to the previous until the picture is complete. The painting process itself thereby generates inexhaustible possibilities from a finite range of material choices, resulting in a group of paintings that all share a common thread while each displaying a new expression of color, light, and structure. Such intricate configurations of paint and color reward the slow, attentive eye with a sustaining energy while embodying an ease of mind and lightness of spirit: the pleasure found in painting by both maker and viewer.

Matt Herriot, 2024

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

 

2022 - Painting As Seeing, Aisling Gallery, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA

2022 - In The Shade, Aisling Gallery, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2021 - Strata, Aisling Gallery, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA 

 

2021 - Grounded, Aisling Gallery, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA 

 

2019 - Chroma, Aisling Gallery, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2019 - Hue, Yale University, Branford College HoC House, New Haven, CT, USA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2024 - Newly Available, 72 Warren St, New York, NY, USA

2023 - Pictures (of Nothing), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2022 - Two-Person Teaching Exhibition with Henri Matisse, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2022 - Senior Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2021 - Senior Thesis Midway Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2019 - The Yale Layer Edition X Exhibition, Jonathan Edwards Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA 

 

2019 - Nostalgia, Art Exhibition Society at Yale, Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT, USA

 

2018 - Maddox Gallery Summer Contemporary, Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

 

2018 - The Alzheimer's Show, Olympia London, Hammersmith, London, UK 

 

2018 - Universal Language 2, A&D Gallery, Marylebone, London, UK

 

2018 - Parallax Art Fair, Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, London, UK

 

2017 - The National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK

 

2017 - The National Open Art Exhibition (Finalists), Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK 

 

2016 - The South West Academy Open Exhibition, Exeter Castle, Exeter, UK

EDUCATION

2025 - MFA (anticipated), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 

2022 - BA, Art and History of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

awards

2017 - Young Artist 1st Prize - The National Open Art Competition 

 

2017 - 4th Place - NOA17 World Art Vote

 

2017 - 2nd Prize, Portraits Category - The Artist's Magazine

PRESs/Publications

2023 - "Oases of Pure Feeling: For Abstract Art," Curatorial Affairs

 

2021 - "How remote learning is affecting art students," i-D Vice 

2019 - Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 87, Feb / Mar 2019

 

2019 - The Yale Layer, Editions X, IX, VIII, VII

2018 - The Yale Layer, Edition VI

2017 - News Shopper Article

 

2017 - The Artist's Magazine, December

Permanent collections

Yale University

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