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 has toured widely and done residencies and exhibitions on three continents. His recent collaborative works have been shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He teaches Drawing and Painting at Dawson College.

Video by Jorge Camarotti for CBC Arts: Exhibitionists


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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