I grew up in Brighton. By the time I was accepted for my BA at college I had attended life classes very frequently and had decided it was the figure I wanted to study, I had a considerable portfolio by this stage.

Northbrook College was then seen to be mainly ‘figurative’. My style of work has followed a strong bias towards drawing and mainly oils. Earlier work focused on still life and the figure in a strong, graphic style. The work was very saleable and over a period of time I developed a mailing list and a regular exhibiting pattern.

Since graduating in 1999 have been working as an artist, I have also been teaching at various colleges - London College of Fashion, Northbrook College, Phoenix Arts all on a part time basis. I have been managing my own art class business for 10 years alongside my practice. Previous studio space was at the Phoenix Studios in Brighton but I now have been working from studio at home for the last 10 years.

Five years ago I started a project based on contemporary dance and movement. This work still focuses to an extent on the practice of drawing. I am currently working towards various ideas of dance presenting emotion and a narrative and am now exploring a more painterly approach to the figure and movement.


• Colour, Line and Division, Matthew Collings, West Dean College, 2016

BA Fine Art 2:1, Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex 1996 - 1999 Arts Management Certificate, Sussex University, Brighton - 2000
PGCE Cert in Art & Design, Northbrook College, Worthing 2001


2005 Portico Gallery, Kent


2016 Brighton Art Fair
2016 ‘Spectrum’ The Ark, Basingstoke
2016 Brighton Open House, Brighton Festival

2014 Brighton Art Fair - Brighton
2014 Brighton Open Fiveways House, Brighton
2013 Brighton Art Fair - Brighton
2013 Brighton Open Fiveways Houses, Brighton
2012 Brighton Art Fair, Brighton Open Fiveways Houses, Brighton
2011 Brighton Open Fiveways Houses, Brighton
2010 Brighton Open Fiveways Houses, Brighton
2009 'Seven' West Dean Gallery, West Dean, The Old Studio, Ventnor, Isle of Wight 2008 Untitled Art Fair, London,
2008 Claremont Hotel, Brighton
2007 Brighton Open Houses, Fiveways Houses, Brighton
2007 Brooks Studios Open Studio, Worthing
2006 Brighton Art Fair, Brighton
2006 A
ffordable Art Fair, London
2005 Brighton Art Fair - Brighton
2005 Worthing Open, Worthing
2004 Brighton Art Fair, Brighton
2004 The Pond Gallery, London,
2004 Artichoke Gallery - Burwash, Sussex
2004 Artatfive Gallery, Brighton,
2004 QUOD Art Gallery - Brighton
2003 Northbrook College 'Tutor' Exhibition - Worthing,
2003 The A
ffordable Art Fair - London
2002 The Under £500 Art Fair - London,
2002 Phoenix Gallery 'Quality Street' - Brighton


2005 - Worthing Open Winner, Worthing Museum


Worthing Museum - Winner 2005 Worthing Painting Open

Future GROUP Exhibitions 2016
‘We’ll Make You a Star’, Diamond Arts Gallery, London, December 2016

Average Art Magazine July and August editions 2016


Works on Paper 2014 Sold

Works on Paper 2014 Sold