Matt is a self-taught artist who grew up on a lake in Northwestern Ontario. There he countered the loneliness and confusion of his sexuality by spending time alone in the forest. Raised almost completely without religion or spiritual doctrine, Matt was able to freely form his own perspective on spirituality. This exploration allowed the landscapes to speak to him; their lines and hidden geometric systems acting as expressions of human emotions. Underlying Matt’s work is an attempt to amalgamate seemingly disparate areas of understanding between the quantifiable and the qualitative. In these landscapes we may see the convergence of physics with metaphysics, biology with the inorganic, and the analytical with the intuitive. 

Collections

The Bailey Collection - Formative, 2017

The Archives of Ontario - Well, 2013; Migrant, 2013

Exhibitions:

Art Gallery of Hamilton - Group Exhibition, AGH Art Sale - 2020

Quantum Landscapes - Solo Exhibition, Coldstream Fine Art - 2019

Dynamic Hieroglyphic - Group Exhibition, Coldstream Fine Art - 2018

Autumn Art Sale,  McMichael Canadian Art Collection - 2016, 2017, 2019
The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 
OPS Pride Queer Landscapes, John B. Aird Gallery – 2015 
Pride Toronto World Pride Video – Commissioned artist - 2014

 

Matt Beasant

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