Peter Matthews

Born Derby, England

MA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, England
BA Fine Art with Honours, Nottingham Trent University, England

Solo exhibitions

Beers London, London, England, The End Is Where They Start From
Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, England, Pacific Ocean Drawings

Montoya, Barcelona, Spain, The End Is Where They Start From (cat)
Palau de Casavells, Girona, Spain

Strange Cargo, Folkestone, England, From the Pacific to the Atlantic
Espacio 88, Barcelona, Spain, Along the Atlantic In Memory of the Pacific

Beers London, London, England, In Search of the Sublime
Artissima, Torino, Italy

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California
University California San Diego, California

Beers London, London, England, Surroundings 

James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, Continuum
Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sea Marks

Other exhibitions

(cat) denotes exhibition catalogue

Zona Maco Arte Contemporáneo, México City, México
Groundwork Gallery, King’s Lynn, England, Water Rising
Le Ciel Foundation, Davos, Switzerland; London, England; New York, USA, Wisdom and Nature (cat)

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England, John Moores Painting Prize (cat)
Künstlerforum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, No Man Is an Island (cat)
Museo Nazionale della Montagna, Torino, Italy, Post Water (cat)
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England, Summer Exhibition (cat)
Beers London, London, England, Summer Salon
Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Drawing Center, New York, USA, Annual Benefit Auction
The Concept Space, London, England, Rendition
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, England, Gute Bekannte

Drawing Room, London, England, Drawing Biennial 2017 (cat)
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England,  Summer Exhibition
Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Fundacion Beulas, Spain, Natura Index
Beers London, London, England, Works on Paper
The Strand Gallery, London, England, Poems for the Ocean
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; Falmouth Art Gallery; Poole Museum and The Wilson, Cheltenham, England, Alternative Visions (cat)
Artlink, Hull, England, Shape Arts ARMB 2017
Alto Fest, Naples, Italy, I'll See You Out There

Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, England; Strange Cargo, Folkestone, England and Crescent Arts, Scarborough, England, Head Above Water
Ferenczy Art Center, Hungary, Art Capital Szentendre: Visual Arts Festival and Biennial
Drawing Center, New York, Benefit Auction
Ionian Art and Culture Center, Greece, Sea(s)
Projektraum der Group Global 3000, Berlin, Germany, The Sea
Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire, England, Nature: Here and Now
Bath Spa University Media Wall, England, Landscaping Change
UCF Gallery, Florida, USA, Surfaces
American Fabrics Building, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, Water
Force 8, Bridport, Dorset, England, Bodies of Water

Art House Productions Gallery, New Jersey, USA, After Image: Contemporary Artists and Photography
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California, USA, Art and Nature Festival 2015
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Arts. Lancaster, England, Change and Interchange          
Shape Arts, London, England, Shortlist 7
Sector 2337, Chicago, USA, Plants, Machines, Animals and Objects
Land/Water and the Visual and Moving Arts Groups, Plymouth University, England, Bodies of Water
Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, USA, Works On Paper
Minesweeper boat at Greenwich, London, England, I'll See You Out There

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, England, Power of the Sea (cat) 
Curious Matter, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, Terra Incognita (cat)
Fountain Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana, USA, Set In Motion
Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, USA, Circumstances
Falmouth University Galleries, Cornwall, England, The Haunted Landscape: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment
Arebyte Gallery, London, England, Journeys
Banff Castle, Aberdeen, Scotland, Coast Festival 2014
Whitdel Arts, Detroit, USA, The Deep End
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer, Alaska, USA, Ocean’s Lament
Aalto University, Pori, Finland, White Cube
Konnektor, Forum für Künste, Hannover, Germany, Appendage

North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina, USA, 0:60 The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art (cat) 
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA, 0:60 The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art
Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany, Sea Journeys
Forum Factory, Berlin, Germany, Glasklar Milchig
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, California, USA, Imagining the Real
An Tobar, Comar, Isle of Mull, Scotland, KartinaZembla/Picture Island 
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, England, Drawn 2013

James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, Landscape
The Library Space, Battersea, London, Beers London, London, England, A History Revisited
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, England, Breeder
Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA, represented by Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Pulse New York
James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA, VIP Works on Paper (online) 
Karst, Plymouth, England, Spectral

James Cohan Gallery, ADAA Exhibition, New York, USA, Cosmology
Beers London, London, England, Systems Beyond Certainty
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, represented by Mendes Wood DM, Art Rio International Contemporary Art Fair
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, England, Landscape and Memory
Centro de Artes y Naturaleza Film Festival, Zaragoza, Spain, Proyectaragon 
British Art Show 7 fringe exhibition, Plymouth, England, Vessel 2011
Kentler Gallery, New York, USA, Marked Differences
New Curtois Gallery, The Collection, Lincoln, England, Opem 

Drawing Center, New York, USA, Selections Spring 2010: Sea Marks (cat) 
Drawing Center, New York, USA, Benefit Auction Drawing Gifts 2010
Mall Galleries, London, England, ING Discerning Eye Drawing Exhibition
Raday Kepshaz Galeria, Budapest, Hungary, With/Drawn
Annex 21, Worcester, England, Worcester Contemporary
Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, England, Sculptures from the Media Stream 

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Drawings No.10
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, England, Derby City Open

Centre for Recent Drawing, London, England, Pacific Ocean Drawings

New Media Gallery, Virginia, USA, Contemporary Perspectives and New Media 
Darlington College of Arts, Devon, England, DRHA

Barrett Art Center, New York, USA, Photowork 2004
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, England, One Step Beyond

T.W. Art Gallery, Vermont, USA, Contemporary Drawing
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, California, USA, Time and Transcendence

Recognitions and awards

2019 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship
2018   Selected for the 60th John Moores Painting Prize
2017   Hugh Casson Drawing Prize, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2017   Arts Council of England Grant
2016   The Annex Collection Acquisition Award
2015   Honorarium, Laguna Arts Museum, California
2015   Visual Arts Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island
2015   Landscape Artist of the Year, Sky Arts
2014   Finalist, Francois Schneider Contemporary Talents, France
2011    Landscape Instants Film Prize, CDAN Centro de Artes Naturales, Huesca, Spain
2011    Drawing Prize, OPEM, New Curtois Gallery, Lincoln, England
2010   Short listed for the ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 2010
2010   Honorarium, Drawing Center, New York
2009  British Council Grant to Visual Artist
2008  AA2A Grant to Practicing Artist
2005  Arts Council of England Grant
2004  Princess Trust Grant


2015   Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California
2015   Experimental Drawing Lab, University California San Diego, California
2014   Boisbuchet, France


Work in private collections in the USA, UK, France, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, Netherlands and Brazil
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection, Mexico
Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Fundacion Beulas, Spain
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California
National Maritime Museum, London
The Annex Collection U.K.

Selected Bibliography


National Museums of Liverpool. John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition Catalogue.

Royal Academy of Arts, London. 250th  Summer Exhibition Illustrated Catalogue.

Künstlerforum Bonn, Bonn, Germany. No Man Is an Island Exhibition Catalogue.

Museo Nazionale della Montagna, Torino, Italy. Post Water Exhibition Catalogue.

BBC Radio 4. Art Beneath the Waves. Available at:

BBC News. The man who paints in the ocean. Available at:

BBC World Service - The Why Factor, Being at Sea. Available at:

BBC Radio Derby, Peter Matthews talks with Presenter Sally Pepper. Available at:

Lerda, A. 134. PETER MATTHEWS. Available at:

Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Ten, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London.



CBC. Artist Peter Matthews gets intimate with nature by bringing his art into the ocean . CBC Radio. Available at: .

Howes, D., Heywood, I., Casey, S. and Davies, G. (2017). Sensory Arts and Design: Drawn Away from Vision: Encounters with the Unseen. 1st ed. Bloomsbury Academic.


Frizzell, N. Meet the underwater artist inspired by a near-death experience. The Guardian. Available at:

Los Angeles Times – Artist Gets Physical to Explore Metaphysical Concepts. Available at:

Ernest Journal. The Free-Diving Artist. Available at:

Floorr. Issue Five. Peter Matthews. Available at:

The Cornishman. When Creativity Hits Like  a Wave. Cornwall. Newspaper. Pages 1-3.



Art.Zip. Water Colours-Interview with Peter Matthews. Available at



Kerr, J. Power of the Sea. Bristol: Royal West of England Academy.

The Island Review. Bewitched by the Sea. Available at:

Tuuum. Artist Interview. Available at:

Apollo Magazine. Review: ‘The Power of the Sea’ at the Royal West of England Academy by Melanie Vandebrouck. Available at:


0 to 60: The Experience of Time Through Contemporary Art. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, pp.108-111.


The Common. Portrait of  Land and Sea. Available at:


Katchadourian, N. and Burnett, D. (2010). Selections, Spring 2010: Sea Marks. New York: The Drawing Center.

The Drawing Center, New York. Selections Spring 2010: Sea Marks. Issuu. Available at:

Parsons School of Design, New York. Mapping Ocean Dynamics. Available at: .