Matt Arbuckle until recently lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia, and is now resident in Auckland. He graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009.
Arbuckle’s practice is a process-driven exploration of place, representing landscapes that are conceptualised through their very making. Through an experimental practice that favours process over outcome, Arbuckle uses elements of traditional Japanese shibori dying techniques to create abstract compositions by wrapping, twisting, folding and draping the fabric over found surfaces and structures. The resulting paintings use depth and movement to trace and reveal abstract memories, imprinting the experience of place into the artwork.
Arbuckle’s work is held in the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and James Wallace Arts Trust. In 2017 he was the recipient of the James Wallace Art fellowship to Vermont Studio Centre, USA.