Folly! in the water garden - meet the artist

Garden of Unearthly Delights by Mat Collishaw

For his first solo show in Yorkshire, renowned artist Mat Collishaw created two striking installations for folly! 2016.

Mat Collishaw received his BFA from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1989 and began his career exhibiting the acclaimed work Bullet Hole alongside his Goldsmiths contemporaries at the legendary show Freeze in 1988, and at Modern Medicine in 1990, both shows are renowned for the rise to prominence of the YBAs (Young British Artists).

With a visual language embracing diverse media, Collishaw’s work enveloped us in an enchanting world poised between the beautiful and the abject. Fascinated by the forbidden, his work was both repelling and yet, utterly romantic, exquisitely beautiful, an expression of Collishaw’s wish to ‘create images that are awe-inspiring’.

During the winter months of 2010 – 2011, Collishaw delighted passers-by with an enormous zoetrope named ‘Magic Lantern’, installed in the cupola above the entrance of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The installation appropriated the very architecture of the V&A creating a beacon of light, complete with an attendant swarm of moths, and was visible between dusk and dawn across west London.

'Magic Lantern' at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Magic Lantern installed in the cupola at the Victoria and Albert Museum
'Magic Lantern' at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Mat Collishaw is represented by Blain|Southern and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world, including:

Mat Collishaw, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2015); Black Mirror, Galleria Borghese, Rome (2014); Mat Collishaw: Afterimage, Arter, Istanbul (2013); Mat Collishaw, Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Bari (2013); Mat Collishaw, Bass Museum of Art, Florida (2013); Retrospectre, BFI Southbank, London (2010); Hysteria, Freud Museum, London (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2000); Galeria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (1999); Life/Live, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris and The Brooklyn Museum, New York (1998).

Collishaw’s work is in numerous public collections including; Arter Foundation, Istanbul; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Olbricht Collection, Berlin and Tate, London, among others.

folly! at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

folly! at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Surprise your eyes with new artworks in the water garden by Mat Collishaw.