Born 1976, Narrendera, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne.
Matt Hinkley creates modest works of involved detail; inscribing dazzlingly intricate patterns on small-scale plaster and silicon sculptural forms. In the past he has applied a similar patterning technique to other materials, such as newspapers, graph paper and found objects. He possesses an understated but elaborate aesthetic that opens up new possibilities for abstraction. Interested in building up surfaces, the painstaking intricacies of Hinkley's highly refined hand renderings challenge the tiny scale on which the artist works. In the age of digital reproduction, Hinkley's meticulous and delicate carvings are refreshing and perversely anachronistic.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2016 (forthcoming); TCB Art inc. Melbourne, 2016 (forthcoming); Instituut, Werkplaats Typographie, Arnhem, 2015; Matt Hinkley, Sutton Gallery, 2014; Matt Hinkley, Sarah Cottier, Sydney, 2014; List, w/ Joshua Petherick, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2013; Matt Hinkley, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne, 2012; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London, 2009; and Matt Hinkley, ACCA @ Mirka. Melbourne, 2007. Hinkley has contributed to a number of significant group exhibitions both locally and internationally, including: Technologism, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, 2015; Lurid Beauty, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2015; The Mechanic, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2015; The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico, 2015; A short line between three points, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles, 2015; The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2015; Everything & Nothing, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2015; Sculpture Hinkley Newman Sands (Curated by David Homewood), Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2015; 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Sydney, 2014; Pavilions, Tcb Art. Inc, Melbourne, 2014; A World Undone, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Reinventing The Wheel: The Readymade Century, Monash University Museum of Art, 2013; Group Exhibition: Artwork Documentation (Curated by David Homewood); Studio 6, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2013; Chinatown ll, ltd, Los Angeles, 2012; Freehand, Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2010; New08, Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2008.
Hinkley was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary between 2009- 2011. He undertook an Australia Council Studio in Japan in 2015 and in Los Angeles in 2009. His work is held in numerous public collections, including Artbank, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; and Museum Für Gestaltung, Zürich.