DIVE: Matthew Killick
6 - 22 December 2013
DIVE featured new illuminated oil paintings on glass and limited edition prints by Matthew Killick, to coincide with the artist’s current installation of large-scale paintings on glass, ‘Postcards from the deep’, along the road at the Great Eastern Wall Gallery.
Matthew Killick makes hyper-detailed paintings that are influenced by his explorations underwater. A keen wreck diver, he spends much of his time in the English Channel amongst the multitude of ship carcasses that are spread across the sea-bed below one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It is a dark, dangerous place, often with little or no light, and barely any visibility. Within the narrow beam of torchlight, Killick crawls along the sea floor, closely studying the multitudes of life forms that are drawn to these unnatural reefs. Perhaps due to the intense focus this type of diving requires, the work is often reminiscent of electron microscope photography, and biological forms appear that are cell-like or bacterial. Although the works appear to be derived from the careful study of organisms, they are in fact entirely fabricated.
Matthew Killick lives and works in London.