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Matt Diak

Matt Diak, born in Poland, is an emerging artist currently based in Oxford, UK. He was awarded the HMC Scholarship and Rogerson Scholarship at Merchiston Castle School and won the Art & Design Prize upon graduation.

Awarded a scholarship to study at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, where he won the ‘Outstanding Work 2016’ prize, Matt Diak has gone on to study Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Rather than paintings, Diak’s works might be seen as spaces, where the chaos of expressive strokes are juxtaposed with the careful order of shapes and lines. He approaches painting as collage, starting with acrylic on board or canvas, and following with paper and mixed media. This detailed, expressive and layered process brings to the painting a sense of depth and the quality and texture of sculptural work.

Although drawing and painting are at the core of Diak's studio practice, he is also interested in moving his work away from the wall into open space with sculptures, photography, film and experimental projections.

Despite remaining in the early stages of his creative trajectory, Diak has already exhibited widely in Scotland, England and Poland, and has demonstrated the maturity to secure a strong career path ahead.

 

Two ideas

Mixed media on board

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Another View

Mixed media on board

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Depth

Mixed media on board

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Mixed media on board

Mixed media on canvas

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Two lines in space

Mixed media on canvas

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Restricted Space

Mixed media on canvas

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Two strokes in space

Mixed media on canvas

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Mixed media on canvas