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Matthew Tumbers

b. 1975

Matthew Tumbers is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working across painting, drawing, video and installation. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1999.

Tumbers says about first working with video:

"I entered art school as a confused painter with a lack luster high school education in art. My thoughts were a dry morass of newspaper collage and crushed pastels, so when I was introduced to ‘video art’, I suddenly had a medium whereby you could directly channel an idea, a thought through time and space. It truly opened up my world."

Of his influences he says:

"I think the influences can be seen in the work. There are many sources that have nothing to do with the world of art as well. My videos are scored by Ben Tinker. Being a composer he has a different take on the content of the video, thus his influence is virtually collaborative toward the final realisation of the work.  I think however my contemporaries and friends have been seminal in the evolution of my practice. This is often overlooked. For instance, here are some local humans in the arts who have been tangibly influential in one way or another: Mitch Cairns, What, Damien March, TV Moore, Melody Willis, Brian Fuata, Koji Ryui, Matthew Hopkins, Mary MacDougal, and Susan Gibb. These are just to name a few. To me it is your peers who are your primary source of information paired with self-reflexivity rather than say, an artist from Berlin whom you have never met."

Of his first and latest shows he says:

"When I was 17 I had an oil painting selected for a community arts exhibition. My first video screening was at Planet Hollywood, George St. Sydney in the private cinema in 1997. Nowadays my work appears in screening forums, festivals, commercial art galleries and contemporary art spaces."

Scanlines email interview with Matthew Tumbers, 2011.
Birth place
Newcastle, Australia
Other solo exhibitions 

Spirit Hand Wandering, Chalk Horse, Sydney, Remembering Rayon, Artspace Open Studios, The Gunnery, Sydney, 2011. Painting is Reverse Sweeping (a drawing show), James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney, Art Trap, Sherman Artbox, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 2007. Gumnut Xanadu III: Expanding Conglomerates, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Gumnut Xanadu II, Block Gallery, Sydney, 2003

Other group exhibitions 

Blue Period, Society, Sydney, Wunder Pond, Tin Sheds Gallery, Faculty Design & Architecture Sydney University, Sydney, Cool World, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2012. Salon, Eastern Bloc, Sydney, Speaks Volumes: The Ron & George Adams Collection, MOP Projects, Sydney, Eastern Seaboard, Artspace, Sydney, 2011. Down Town: mini-mART, Art & About 2008, Sydney, The Science Fair, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Look Out Wembley Arena, MOP Projects, Sydney, 16th Video Brazil, Laboratoria Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008. Panoramas of the Imagination: 16th Video Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Publicity, Gumnut Xanadu IV: We Could Be Heroes, Artspace, Sydney & Contemporary Art Centre South Australia, Adelaide, 2007. Grudge Match: Game On, Next Wave Festival, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, The Late Sessions: Australian Video Art, About Studio, Bangkok, Thailand, The Late Sessions, Greater Union Cinema, George Street, Sydney, 2006. Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney, 2005. Drawing Room: Back In Five Project, Blank Space, Sydney, Videola: Australian Video Art from the 70s to Now, Thirty Years of ACP Gallery, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Eyes For Other Skies Seoul Edition: Gwangju Biennale Side Project, Gallery 5, Seoul, South Korea, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney 2004. Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney, Avoiding the Eye Area, MOP Gallery, Sydney, 2003. Slacking Off, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney, 2002.

See video
– from Blue Lonely Holidays, via YouTube 
Pablo Velasquez Shoeboard Remix
Pablo Velasquez Shoeboard Remix, – from Pablo Velasquez Shoeboarding, via YouTube 
Matthew Tumbers, Gumnut Xanadu IV: We Could Be Heroes in Publicity, installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2007
Matthew Tumbers, Gumnut Xanadu IV: We Could Be Heroes in Publicity, installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2007 – from Gumnut Xanadu IV: We Could Be Heroes