Matthew Purvis (mp) doesn’t like the word ‘artist’. He prefers to be called a mechanic.
Like academic 19th century French painters, he doesn’t think that he makes art, just
machines, and usually machines that don’t work very well. The rest of the time he
wishes he was a dog sleeping on a bed of moss in a cave.
He was born in a funeral parlour in rural Canada and has almost been killed by random
people half a dozen times. He has worked as a mason, a clergyman, a playwright,
a pornographer, a teacher, a journalist and an anarchist. At best he could be described
as a completely superfluous man.
Solo: Trudeuapia at Good Sport
Group: Proper Names at Good Sport
Group: Eurospa Pop up
Solo: Love is my Reason at The Petrified Forest Gallery
Group: Book Lab at EEL Gallery
Solo: The Hysterical Male at EEL Gallery
Group: Outsider Art at ARE
Secret Artist Auction at ARTA
Always Crashing in the Same Car (trilogy) commissioned by the NAC & GCTC
PhD in Cultural Mediations from Carleton University (in progress)
MA in Art History from the University of Western Ontario
HBA in Art History & Philosophy from the University of Toronto