Matthew Bainbridge (b. 1992, Jarrow, UK) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014 with a first class BA(Hons) in painting & printmaking. In 2018 he received funding from the Hope Scott Trust towards the creation of ‘A Shallow Thing’ at the Number Shop Gallery in Edinburgh, with Summerhall Visual Arts Centre and Patriothall Gallery also recently exhibiting his work. He is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bainbridge’s practice draws upon imagined worlds to create fantastical environments that pander to the joy of artifice and lurid colour. Ideas of aspiration, boredom, idleness and perceived intellectual fecundity manifest themselves in visuals that are at once as erudite as they are dumb; non-narrative images designed to elucidate the inherent parallels of depth and superficiality within the drawn surface.