Matthew HANSEL
(b. 1977, American)
Brooklyn-based artist Matt Hansel literally and figuratively deconstructs the historical painting, manipulating and folding his canvases to create a surreal and immersive visual experience. Layering imagery from classical painting with warped cartoons and trompe l'oeil figures, Hansel’s work plays with visual absurdity and challenges perspective. Says the artist of his paintings, “These are fake history paintings. More specifically, these are paintings of ceremonies that surround fictitious historic moments. These paintings speak to our need for communal activities and how those activities are being constantly redefined by history.”

Hansel’s work has been shown at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan, The Art Center, Martinsburg, WV, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 1822 Fulton St, Brooklyn, and The Lodge Gallery, New York, among others. In 2011 Hansel received a grant from New York Foundation for the Arts.
Educations
MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
BFA, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York
Solo Exhibitions
2018: Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT (Upcoming)
2017: PM/AM, London, UK (Upcoming)
2015: MATTHEW HANSEL, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI
2010: WITH FLYING COLORS, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, JP
2009: HISTORICALISH, The Art Center, Martinsburg, WV
2008: MATTHEW HANSEL, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA
2007: YOUTH IS WASTED, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
Group Exhibitions
2017~2018: IN THE DEPTH OF THE SURFACE, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, NY
2017~2018: IM/MATERIAL: PAINTING IN THE AGE, Sophia Contemporary, London, UK
2017~2018: WHAT’S UP THE AMERICAS, Curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, London, UK
2017: THE CURATORS’ EGGS, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2017: SUMMER BREAKS, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2017: THE TIMES, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
2017: PAPII MONTAUK, The Surf Lodge, Montauk, NY
2017: WHAT’S UP NEW YORK, 132 10th Ave, New York, NY
2017: POST ANALOG PAINTING II, The Hole, New York, NY
2017: EKPHRASIS, Yours Mine & Ours, New York, NY
2017: Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
2016: GILES, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, GR
2016: FUTURE/FORMER, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2016: BOMB POP UP, 1822 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY
2015: REVERENCE & REVERIE, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2015: THEIR MOUTHS ARE FILLED WITH EARTH, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA
2015: A VARIANT FORM OF LUST, Fine and Raw, Brooklyn, NY
2014: POP-UP BROOKLYN: Three Brooklyn artists showcased in Detroit: Kent Henricksen, Doug Young and Matthew Hansel, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MY
2014: SEEING STORIES, Q.E.D., Queens, NY
2014: HELP IS ON THE WAY, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI
2013: PAGE 179, ARTFORUM, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY
2013: HALF.LIFE, 241 Suydam, Brooklyn, NY
2013: UNIVERSAL, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
2010: ANGELICA 01, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, JP
2010: TOKYO ART FAIR, Yuka Contemporary Booth, Tokyo, JP
2009: CURLY Q, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
Awards
2017: White Columns Artist Registry
2011: New York Foundation for the Arts Grant Recipient

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