'We must ferment public painting in the streets, in the sunlight, on the sides of tall buildings instead of the advertisements that we see there now.' - David A. Siqueiros, 1934

Mat Hand is an artist working in the public realm.

His paintings and installations have been commissioned by Arts Council England, local authorities, social initiatives, construction companies and private patrons.

publicpainting uses strong images, text and a bold, vivid style to create temporary site-specific interventions.

 




PUBLIC PORTRAITS


(ongoing project)

Exterior
Size: Various
Client: none
Location: Berlin

A series of large scale, anonymous public portraits applied directly onto delivery trucks, market trailers and buildings in Berlin.


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PUBLIC TEXT


(ongoing project)

Exterior
Size: Various
Location: Various

Temporary, site specific, text installations working with font and emblematic text.

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TAKE ME WITH YOU

Exterior
Size: 8 Portraits (each 13.5m x 2.7m) photographic prints onto plastic banners
Client: Arts Council England
Location: Road Network UK

Take Me With You was a participatory, travelling public art installation exploring absence and longing through a combination of public portraiture and poetic text.

publicpainting worked with long distance lorry drivers and their families to produced a series of large family portrait photographs which were installed, along with poetic text by a haulage media specialist,onto the driver's working trailers.

Take Me With You was a collaboration between Mat Hand, photographer Manuel Reinartz, poet Andy Tooze and web designer Ben Mawson Harris.

The project launched in January 2011 and was funded by Arts Council England and Junction Arts.

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DOT DOT DASH


2012

Exterior
Size: Various
Medium: Paint & Tape


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ALL GOOD THINGS...

March 2012

Interior
Size: 3m x 2.5m
Location: Nelson Mandela State International School Berlin

A commemorative portrait to mark Michael Hertz's retirement as Principal and founder of the NMSISB.
 

DON & MARGARET

July 2011

Exterior
Size: 4m x 2.5m
Location: D343 between St Paulet de Caisson and Pont St Esprit, Gard, France

This double portrait is a celebration and commemoration of the 20 years that Donald & Margaret Thom lived and worked in the Ardeche region of Southern France.

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TRACE


October 2009 (12th National Mural Symposium, Canada)

Exterior
Size: 5m x 3m
Client: 12th National Mural Symposium, Canada
Location: 2195 Gerrard St East, Toronto, Canada

As source material for this painting Mat met and photographed Torontonians living in Berlin - Germany.
Trace is based on an image of one of these expatriates and looks at ideas of absence, identity and belonging.

Thanks to Karin, Janice and the Mural Routes team for all of their help and support.

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GIANT


July 2009

Exterior
Size: 15m x 12m
Client: Pfefferwerk, Berlin
Location: Lychener Str. Prenzlauer Berg, East Berlin

A large, high-contrast image of a young child painted onto a new building in East Berlin.

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LOOKOUT


January 2010

Exterior
Size: 200m x 2.5m
Client: Pfefferwerk, Berlin
Location: Watt Str. Wedding, Berlin

100 Figures painted around a new building in North Berlin. Lookout uses simple shapes, outlines and black dots to personify blocks of colour.

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PLAY


September 2009

Exterior
Size: 45m x 13m
Client: Pfefferwerk, Berlin
Location: Lychener Str. Prenzlauer Berg, East Berlin

PLAY used projectors, window adhesives and acrylic paints to create a gigantic text piece in the German Alte Haas Grotesk Font

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SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME


June 2008

Exterior
Size: 100m²
Clients: Junction Arts, Frederick Gent School & Arts Council of England
Location: South Normanton, Derbyshire.

These three large, photographic banner portraits are printed on exterior PVC mesh banners and are a celebration of the older women of South Normanton & Pinxton. The project aimed to explore and challenge ageist attitudes and the lack of positive visual representations of older women within our society.


 


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GIRLS & BOYS


July 2008

Exterior
Size: 75m x 1.80m (23 x 1.80m x 1.38m portraits & text)
Client: Brent Council, London
Location: Harley Road, Harlesden, London

This project addressed the difficulties experienced by children in the UK faced with increasingly hysterical media reports of the disrespectful and out of control youths roaming the streets. It sought to investigate the simplistic way in which we and society judge and categorise children and the inherent long-term dangers that such behaviour poses for communities and the children in question.

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LADIES & GENTLEMEN


February 2007

Exterior
Size: 10 x 6m² Portraits
Client: LIFT & City Arts
Location: Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham

These ten large, public portraits of elderly people looking upwards to the sky are installed next to a main road. They offer an ambiguous yet positive and arresting set of images of a section of the local community that rarely features in the visual landscape of the city.


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info@publicpainting.com

+ 49 (0) 176 295 12434
 

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