Matthew Prins

Matthew Prins currently works as a Graphic Designer in Cape Town. His recent turn to art production is marked by a meticulous, introspective meditation of his domestic spaces. In the vein of British artist, David Hockney’s graphic approach to the picture plane, Prins’ striking images of house plants offer fresh persepective on a familiar subject.

Prins is inspired by textile designs, particularly those of Austrian architect, Josef Frank. His works reflect a sophisticated understanding of shape, colour and composition such that their simplicity belies a skillful draftsmanship and acute design aesthetic. He works primarily with acrylic paint on board in a graphic application of paint, tempered by hand-drawn marks in oil pastel.

Matthew Prins is from Pietermaritzburg and studied a BA in Visual Communication Design at Stellenbosch University. He first exhibited work at Salon Ninety One’s December show ‘Trees Make Forests’ in 2017. He currently lives and works in Cape Town.



2020 - A Hazy Shade of Winter, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Turbine Art Fair, Salon91, online. 2018 - Turbine Art Fair, Salon91, Cape Town; Folklore, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town. 2017 - Trees make forests, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town.

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