Photographic Artist Mat Hughes.
Do Not AI
Mat Hughes b. 1964
Over the last few years, my artistic practice has returned to traditional photography and darkroom printing.
My work is pictorial. I work with large format cameras. My heroes are those artists from the late 1800’s who embraced photography and the new science. In a digital age where granular sharpness is often the benchmark, my work presents an older artisanal practice, one that celebrates authenticity. One where paper is coated by hand with light sensitive emulsion and where the print is finished with bee’s wax.
As a photographer my work is reflective, I’m chasing mystery the mystery in the shadows. And as a printmaker I am looking to celebrate the handmade nature of the work.
2023 This time, this place – Tacit Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Quiet Time: Above Savage River - Gasworks Arts Park
2016 In Flux – Consulate - General of Japan
2023 Sheet Film (over view of work made in Victoria) - XYZ Gallery, Melbourne
2022 Threshold - Bayside Gallery, Brighton
2022 Finalist - Heysen Prize for Landscape - Hahndorf Academy, South Australia
2021 Tacit Still Life Prize 2021 - Tacit Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Bay Windows - Gasworks Arts Park, Installation
2021 Flora - Heritage Hill Museum & Gallery, Greater Dandenong Arts
2021 Finalist - Heysen Prize for Landscape – Hahndorf Academy, South Australia
2020 Journeys & Discoveries - Bayside Gallery, Brighton
2019 Group Chemistry - Friends of Photography Group-Brunswick Street Gallery
2019 Extending Tradition 2 – Lightbox Gallery - Astoria, United States of America
2019 The Print Exposed - Gold Street Studios
2018 Group Chemistry - Friends of Photography Group - Brunswick Street Gallery
2017 City of Knox - Immerse Arts Festival
2016 Shoot V2 - Melbourne Arts Club Gallery
2016 In Flux - Brunswick Street Gallery
2023 (August) Focal Press, Step by Step Manual: Kallitype, Van Dyke Brown & Argyrotype – Included artist
2023 View Camera Australia – “This time, this place” essay
2022 ARTDOC Photography magazine – “Beyond Blue” Alternative process portfolio feature
2022 View Camera Australia – “Beyond cyanotypes” essay
1981-1984 Plymouth College of Art & Design, United Kingdom