Photo by Jayson Keeling 

Photo by Jayson Keeling 

Matt Shane was born in 1981 in Vancouver. He makes paintings, drawings, and room-sized collaborative installations that are anchored in the realm of landscape. His pictorial worlds follow a Romantic lineage, but arrive at a mercurial ground, at the border of wilderness and civilization, perception and fantasy.

Shane obtained a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from Concordia University in 2013. He has received numerous grants and awards and has co-organized 17 massive collaborative drawing installations alongside his best friend, Jim Holyoak. He toured widely in North America, Europe and Japan with his band, Think About Life, and has done residencies and exhibitions on three continents. His recent collaborative mural work is on display semi-permanently at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Matt Shane is currently splitting time between Montreal, Pender Island and Halifax. He teaches Drawing and Painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.




Times Colonist by Robert Amos:

Forestrial Brain, a collaborative installation-painting by Matt Shane of Pender Island and Jim Holyoak of Montreal at Open Space on Fort Street, is the biggest, most complex and engaging artistic creation I can ever remember in that space . . . read more

Galleries West by Portia Priegert:

Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane are doing things backwards. They will hold their “opening” reception Aug. 25 at the end of their show at Open Space . . . read more

Body Literature Magazine by Jessica Mensch:

Matt Shane‘s practice is split between painting, drawing and installation, while firmly embedded in the realm of landscape. His pictorial worlds assemble an array of influences: European Romantics, Chinese ink painters, the Hudson River School, the Group of Seven, science fiction, photojournalism . . . read more

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