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Matthew Small

Kaz (2021)

Primarily a painter, Matthew Small has a strong, compelling style, often choosing discarded objects like car bonnets or old signs instead of canvas for his work. The theme of his work is young, dispossessed people: individuals who feel undervalued, who don’t have a voice, who get looked over. He says: “I thought it’d be interesting to connect the two – that oven door, that shelving unit, that piece of trash to someone – I don’t see it like that, I see that it can be something beautiful and worthwhile. That’s how I see our young people too. Let’s look at their potential, at the hope that’s in all of them”.

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