HOD Fine Arts
Phone: 09 601 8956
Room: Studio - Faculty Office
Matt Ellwood completed his undergraduate studies at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1996 and has a PGDip in Teaching from Auckland College of Education. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (1st class honours) from Elam in 2003.
Matt explains his work as being about the psychology of desire and interrogating the artificially constructed sociological relationships within advertising and merchandising. His key subject matter has been cigarette adverts and Star Wars Lego, but more recently contemporary high-end fashion ad campaigns. He has garnered many awards such as the Wallace Trust Development Award including the New York ISCP studio residency in 2004 and the Wallace Trust Kaipara Award including the Swiss Altes Spital studio residency in 2011.
In 2013 he had a significant survey show at the TSB Wallace Trust Gallery in Auckland including work from these two residencies. He is included in Warwick Brown’s 2009 publication ‘Seen This Century’ and is profiled in New York via the Drawing Center’s viewing program. He has exhibited at the last three Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf events on Waiheke Island, and has had several solo shows at Melanie Roger Gallery in Auckland and the General Store for Contemporary Art in Sydney. Matt Ellwood is represented by Melanie Roger Gallery in Auckland.
More info: www.mattellwood.co.nz