Bob Matthews


Bob Matthews was born in 1972 in Poole, England. Between 1996 and 1998 he studied at the Royal College of Art, London. He currently lives and works in London.

In 2011 he was the first British Council artist in residence in Singapore, culminating in exhibitions at the National Museum of Singapore and Aisa House, London. He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco as well as the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, Keith Talent Gallery, London and Domo Baal Gallery, London.

He has presented work in public galleries including; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Cell Project Space, London, Gasworks Gallery, London, Jerwood Gallery, London, Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hangzhou, China, Museu da Cidade, Pavilhao Preto, Lisbon, Portugal, Museum of Fine Art, Dunkerque, France, NIV Art Centre, New Delhi, India, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, Royal Academy of Art, London, Royal College of Art, London, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, Times Museum, Beijing, China, Vargas Museum, Philippines, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery.


There have been reviews of his work within exhibitions by writers and critics including;

Neal Brown (Frieze), Louisa Buck (The Art Newspaper), Martin Coomer (Time Out), Robert Clark (The Guardian), Gemma de Cruz, (Modern Painters), Zoe Fell (Art Review), Sara Harrison (Art Monthly), Martin Herbert (Modern Painters, Time Out), Jonathon Jones, (The Guardian), Sarah Kent (Time Out), Katie Kitamura (The New York Times), Andreas Leventis (Turps Banana), Charlotte Mullins (Galleries), Fabiola Naldi (Flash Art), Marinella Paderni (Tema Celeste), Anneli Rufus (ARTnews), Chris Schuler (The Independent), Cherry Smyth (Art Monthly), Helen Sumpter (Time Out, Evening Standard), Simon Webb, (Metro), Jackie Wullschlager (Financial Times). And exhibition catalogue essays by Pryle Behrman, Stephen Bury, JJ Charlesworth, Sacha Craddock, Roy Exley, Fisun Güner, Martin Herbert, Martin Holman, Jane Lee, Sally O’Reilly, Martina Schmid and Louise Trodden.


His work is held within public and private collections including;

Aspen Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado, USA

Aylesford Newsprint, UK

Berger Rechtsanwälte
, Düsseldorf, Germany

British Council

The Arts Institute, UK

Clifford Chance Collection, UK 

Ecole Superieure Des Beaux-Arts, Toulouse, France 

Erasmus, Europe, Belgium 

Government Art Collection, UK 

Linklaters Collection 

New Majestic Hotel, Singapore 

Paul Smith Ltd, UK and USA 

Phizer Ltd, UK 

Poole Town Council, UK 

Royal College of Art 

Royal Shakespeare Company 

Savills PLC

Sericol Ltd 

Singapore Tyler Print Institute 

The Singapore International Foundation 

The Study Gallery of Modern Art, UK 

Tate Gallery Archive 

Town Hall Hotel, London 

UBS Investment Bank 

University for the Creative Arts, UK 

University of Gloucestershire, UK 

Victoria & Albert Museum 

Wellington Management Corp, San Francisco, US


Curated exhibitions by Bob Matthews include; 

Abstract Apartment, Deborah House, London 2015 

A Sort of Night to the Mind, A Kind of Night for Our Thoughts: Illusion and Materiality in Contemporary Painting. Artary Gallery, Stuttgart (Nov 2011), Arch 402 Gallery, London (April 2011), Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (Sep 2009). (co-curated with Moyra Derby) with catalogue. 

Hope & Despair, Cell Project Space, London 2007 

World-Gone-Mad: Surrealist Returns in Recent British Art, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Limehouse Arts Foundation, London. 2006 (National Touring) with catalogue. 

Yes! I am a long way from home: Landscape and location in contemporary British painting, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery. The Nunnery, London. Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury. 2003 (co-curated with Roger Kelly) (National Touring) with catalogue. 

Ex-Press, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London. The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Dorset. George Rodger Gallery, Maidstone. The Bank of America, London. 2003-2004. (National Touring). With catalogue. 

Unscene, Gasworks Gallery, London. 2002 (co-curated with Dan Hays and Gordon Cheung) Fathom, The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole, Dorset. 2000 

Forest, The Bull & Last, London (Co-curated with Lucy Harrison) 1998