Mathew Hale – Page 96 of MILK MIRIAM, 2010 - photo via Wentrup gallery

Mathew Hale

United Kingdom 1962


Mathew Hale
Mathew Hale
United Kingdom
April 1, 2013

For British artist, Mathew Hale art is about making things awkward and foreign.[1] His work consists of dismembered images, mind-bending hybrids and impossible juxtapositions that can satisfy the most unusual desire. The UK-born Berlin-based artist employs book pages, graphic structures, and ink figures to create an array of visual structures including provocative collages of varying dimensions, wall installations, and videos. His body of work encompasses different layers of reality that question the historical construction as well as modern societal structures.[2]

Mathew Hale – Page 181 of Mrs Gillray

Mathew Hale Biography

Mathew Hale was born in 1962. He attended Winchester School of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London before moving to Berlin in the year of 2000. The artist starts his creative process by sitting at a table with a clear mind trying to come up with something fresh. He uses paper clippings and advertising to create unusual juxtapositions that represent a flammable mixture that never fails to blow the mind of the people who view it. Deeply rooted in the tradition of Dadaist collage, political photomontage and the art of surrealism, the subject matter of Mathew Hale’s work is versatile but never easy, as he tackles the topics of politics, philosophy, history, sex, religion and popular culture. In the style of true surrealists, Mathew Hale uses mixed media collages to highlight unconscious desires or repressed historical traumas. The press photos of the suicide of the wife of German chancellor Helmut Kohl and tragically deceased princess Diana are strangely juxtaposed with nudity and the inevitable swastika.[3]

Mathew Hale uses collages to highlight unconscious desires or repressed historical traumas

View the news on the artist and news on his selected exhibitions on view at William gallery
Mathew Hale – Miriam Divorce

Miriam – a Child of Innocence, Pornography and Popular Culture

In his mixed media pieces, the artist employs an array of characters from the field of politic, popular culture and members of British royal family but also invent an array of characters of his own. Miriam is a character that stayed with the artist for years as he created a whole series of collages dealing with her imaginary life. Miriam series began in 2000 and has continued till today. The series juxtaposes the cut-out symbols of maternity with erotic and at times pornographic images. The topic of birth itself is connected with the creation of the colleges that allow found objects to start a new life and experience a unique type of re-birth.

The artist uses a variety of tools and materials to create provocative collages, wall installations, and video art

Maria and Joseph on view at Wentrup gallery
Mathew Hale – MARIA UND JOSEPH: It becomes a morbid time, 2012

Video Works and Publications

Though his most famous for his collages Mathew Hale is a multimedia artist whose works spans to a variety of genres. His photographs reveal the birth of his art by featuring images of collages in the process of their making including the materials used such as rolls of tape, magazines or notes. One of Mathew Hale’s most recognizable video works DIE MUNZE (the Coin) is done in collaboration with Astrid Proll a former member of Red Army Faction. The video that represents an image of the modern money-obsessed world also tackles the issue of new economy of digital images and the uncertain place of painting and photography within it. The slides in this video showed the reverse side of Mathew Hales paintings, that contain the information about their commercial value, and pinpoint the role that money has in the art of today. In 2013 the artist published an art book Cut in Cannes featuring his best works to date. Selected exhibitions include Fax show at Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Boston,2012, In the Cut, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia 2013, 5TH HELENA, P!, New York, NY, 2015, Miriam stealing and Miriam & William, Mobile Home gallery, London, 2001 and JOURNAL MURAL, Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin, 2008.

The artist lives and works in Berlin.


  1. Williams S., DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to Present Gary Webb’s First US Museum Exhibition, , All Art News – Art News for Art Lovers, [March 4, 2017]
  2. Hale M., Cut In Cannes, Publisher Pambook (2003)
  3. Sharp C., Mathew Hale, FlashArt, [March 4, 2017]

Featured image: Mathew Hale – Page 96 of MILK MIRIAM, 2010
Images via

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016L’image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan, ItalyGroup
2016Mathew Hale, José Garcia Gallery, Mexico Solo
2016t3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2015A Man Walks Into a Bar – Jokes & Postcards, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014ALONE, LES VOICI À PARLER, CCA, Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, JapanSolo
2014tThe Elephant Test, Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, GermanyGroup
2013In the Cut, ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2013MA THE WHALE, Ratio 3, San FranciscoSolo
2013ABC, art berlin contemporary, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013tTalkie Walkie, Michel Rein Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2012The Poster Show, Carlier Gebauer, BerlinGroup
2012Mathew Hale, Collages, (cur. Fabienne Fulchéri), Espace de l’Art Concret Centre d’Art contemporain, Mouans-Sartoux, FranceGroup
2012Mathew Hale, Galerie Michel Rein, ParisSolo
2012tMathew Hale – THE WELCOME STRANGER, Wentrup, BerlinSolo
2011Modern Monday: Screening of “Die Münze”, Museum of Modern Art, New YorkSolo
2011Fax, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, BostonGroup
2010A moving plan B – Chapter ONE The DrawingGroup
20102. UM-Festival für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Musik und Literatur in der Uckermark Group
2010Alles Berliner, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, BerlinGroup
2010Fischgrätenmelkstand Temporäre Kunsthalle, BerlinGroup
2010There’s a tear in my beer, West Germany, BerlinGroup
2010Friday 13th, Forgotten Bar, BerlinGroup
2010Panorama, Galerie Michel Rein, ParisGroup
2010Frau Münze und Frau Münz, Münzsalon, Berlin Solo
2010WACHT SCHATZ, Wentrup, BerlinSolo
2010Berlin Box, Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, SpainGroup
2010Katarina Burin, Mathew Hale, Matt Saunders, Ratio 3, San FranciscoGroup
2010Berlin – Paris, Michel Rein, ParisGroup
2010Art, (curated by Michael Craig-Martin), Haas & Fuchs, BerlinGroup
2009Wallis dies and goes to heaven…and the dark show returns as a ghost,Paradise Row, London.Group
2009Roots, Wentrup, BerlinGroup
2009Free Association, Gallery AREA 53, ViennaGroup
2009Drawing 2009, The Drawing Room, LondonGroup
2009 Maison pour Monsieur X, FormContent, London Group
2009Appaloosa, The Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin (with Ulrich Hakel)Group
2009Statement, Art 40 Basel, (with Wentrup)Solo
2009LE MONDE v DER MOND, The Narrows, MelbourneSolo
2009DER MOND v LE MONDE, Peer, London (cat.) Solo
2009Prose pour des Esseintes, Karma International, ZurichGroup
200818Center, BerlinGroup
2008Phoenix vs. Babel (curated by Patrice Joly), Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard,ParisGroup
2008PAST-FORWARD Project Space 176 Zabludowicz Art Projects, London (cat.) Group
2008UNDERWOOD Ballhaus Ost, BerlinGroup
2008The Dark Show The Wallis Gallery, LondonGroup
2008JOURNAL MURAL,Galerie Jan Wentrup, BerlinSolo
2008Honey Honig Auto Italia, LondonGroup
2008Taxi Stop FIJI, Institut im Glaspavilion, Berlin Solo
2008London Calling, Galerie Jan Wentrup Temporary Space, LondonGroup
2008With Love Dieter Rot, Viennabiennale 08 Offspace am Hundsturm, Vienna (Austria)Group
2008Pleinairism i8 gallery, Reykjavik (Island)Group
2007Our Period, Mathew Hale and Susan Morris, Five Years, LondonGroup
2007TASUK! TSUKKU-SAN!,Galerie Michel Rein, ParisSolo
2006BerlinFluorescent, Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin Solo
200536 x 27 x 10, White Cube Berlin, Palast der Republik, BerlinGroup
2005Very early pictures, Luckmann Gallery, Los Angeles Group
2005Pale Raman, Analix Forever, Geneva (curated by Matt Saunders)Group
200440 Pages from the Miriam Books by Mathew Hale, Walther Koenig Books,London, Rheinschau KölnSolo
2004Make Me Mare, Mobile Home, LondonSolo
2004Chaim Soutine,The Happy Sailor, LondonGroup
2003 addiction, 15 Micawber Street, LondonGroup
2003Bonobos, Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, BerlinGroup
2003Biennale Venedig, Utopia Station, Venedig Group
2003DIE STADT – LA CITTA‘ – THE MOTHER, DAAD Galerie, Berlin (cat.)Solo
2002PizzaExpress Prospects, Essor Gallery, London Group
2002Biennale Montréal 2002 Group
2001 My Friends, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø Group
2001Miriam stealing and Miriam & William, Mobile Home, LondonSolo
2001The difference between You and Us, Five Years, LondonGroup
2000John, I’m only dancing, The Margaret Harvey Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, St. Albans Group
2000Sleight of Hand, Five Years, LondonGroup
1999Sublime: The Darkness and the Light, Hayward Gallery, National Touring Exhibition of Arts Council Collection, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and seven further venues in the UKGroup
1999Itinerants,The View Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
1998United in Death, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, CambridgeGroup
1992Let Me Look, San MiniatoGroup
1990Now for the Future, The Arts Council Collection, Recent Acquisitions,Hayward Gallery, LondonGroup
1989Trigon ’89, “Aktuelle Kunst”,Neue Galerie & Künstlerhaus, GrazGroup
1988Mathew Hale: Recent Work, Whitechapel Art Gallery, LondonSolo
198585° Show, Serpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
1984New Contemporaries, I.C.A. LondonGroup