Matt Hinkley’s artworks range in scale from the modest to the minute. Challenging the tiny scale on which he works with an understated yet elaborate aesthetic, Hinkley pays great attention to the palette and composition of each object. On close inspection, Hinkley’s artworks demonstrate painstaking intricacies as he makes carefully cast objects and inscribes dazzlingly intricate patterns on small-scale plaster and silicon sculptural forms. In the age of digital reproduction, Hinkley’s meticulous and delicate carvings are refreshing and perversely anachronistic.
Select solo exhibitions: 1-1-1-2-1-2-1-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2022; This new source of strength could not be relied upon at first, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; The truth is, we still haven’t received any news of its existence, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2018; These Earthly Days Go Rolling By, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Matt Hinkley, There are more days to come when we will be on our own, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2016; Matt Hinkley, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Matt Hinkley, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2010.
Select group exhibitions: XXX: Celebrating 30 Years of Sutton Gallery, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2022; Connecting the World through Sculpture: From the Ground Up, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2021; The world precedes the eye, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, 2016; Bilder Bilder, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2016; Technologism, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2015; Lurid Beauty, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2015; The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2015; The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City, 2015; 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Sydney, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Reinventing The Wheel: The Readymade Century, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2013; New Psychedelia, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, 2011; Freehand, Recent Australian Drawing Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2010.
…in an era when many contemporary artists approach the production scales and bombast of a Hollywood feature, Hinkley is intent on demonstrating the potentials to be found in an art deeply embedded into modest materials which, rather than assaulting the viewer, awaits patient engagement.Francis Plagne, 2012