Matt Gatton was born in Europe (1967), raised in North America, and performed his graduate studies in Asia.
Gatton is a pioneer of photo-sculpture as fine art medium, having worked in the field since the 1980s. During his time in New York in the early 1990s, Gatton’s photo-sculpture work brought him into contact with many important art world figures, including Chuck Close, Richard Avedon, and Duane Michals. Gatton has also collaborated with noted conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan (under the curatorial direction of Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist).
Gatton has exhibited extensively, including works in the Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki Finland, and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York, USA, and the Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines.
The artist is known in the wider world for his scholarly work. Gatton has written on the origins of art for the festschrift of the renowned Oxford art historian and da Vinci expert, Martin Kemp. Gatton’s groundbreaking work on optical distortions at Lascaux was published in the Journal of Applied Mathematics (APLIMAT) and Oxford University Press published his work on optics in ancient Greek religious rituals (Eleusis). Gatton has lectured at the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford among others. A large arts festival in Belgium was themed on Gatton’s art writings, which were also presented by Neil de Grasse Tyson on National Geographic’s ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’. “With all the intellectual bona fides,” curator Naomi Stuecker says, “it’s easy to forget that Matt Gatton is, first and foremost, a stunningly talented artist.”