Peter Matthews is an English artist who spent his youth wondering across the fields and beside the River Trent in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. He graduated with an MA in fine art from the Nottingham Trent University in 2003. His practice to experience the sublime and to coexist in a solitary symbiosis with nature has seen him venture long distances, often aimlessly and just following an innate calling, to remote places along the coasts of our world to Chile, Brazil, México, Japan, California and Taiwan. When in England, he works in a wild place along the Atlantic coast of Cornwall where he has been developing a hermetic way of working along the rocky shore, semi-lost and semi-found somewhere between the intertidal reaches of land and water.


His large-scale paintings, which often double up as shelters against the elements and record his lived experiences over those weeks of personal reverie and repose with nature and the landscape have been exhibited internationally at a diverse range of galleries and museums. Matthews’ works have been shown at the North Carolina Museum of Contemporary Art, the Drawing Center, New York, the National Maritime Museum in London, the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Museo Nazionale della Montagna, Torino, Italy and Drawing Room, London amongst others. Matthews exhibited at the 2018 and is also exhibiting at the 2020 John Moores Painting Prize held at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool which is open throughout this spring and summer. He has been the recipient of three Arts Council of England grants, is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and in 2020 he was awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York.

Installation shots