Born May 17, 1968 in Hamilton, Canada
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada



2014 Peninsula Art Space, to Witness, New York, NY, USA

2013 Rumi Gallery, Matthew Varey, Port Credit, Canada

2012 Rumi Gallery, Bunkers, Port Credit, Canada

2012 Telephone Booth Gallery, Iron Men: Menunkind, Toronto, Canada

2012 Rumi Gallery, Iron Men, Port Credit, Canada

2012 Telephone Booth Gallery, Home, Toronto, Canada

2011 Transit Gallery, Bunker, Hamilton, Canada

2011 Studio 301, Places I have known, Toronto, Canada

2010 Transit Gallery, The Glory of Consciousness, Hamilton, Canada
2010 Burnaby Public Library, The Inevitable Intrusion of Circumstance, Vancouver, Canada

2009 McMaster Museum of Art, Building on History, Hamilton, Canada
2009 XEXE Gallery, Tempaccio, Toronto, Canada
2008 Peak Gallery, Iron Men 2, Toronto, Canada
2008 Transit Gallery, Growing Up in Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada
2008 XEXE Gallery, The Inevitable Intrusion of Circumstance, Toronto, Canada
2006 Transit Gallery, Lamentation, Hamilton, Canada
2006 XEXE Gallery, M-Brane, Toronto, Canada
2005 Transit Gallery, Distant Prospects, Hamilton, Canada
2005 Peak Gallery, Iron Men, Toronto, Canada
2004 Transit Gallery Blueprints of the Universe, Hamilton, Canada

2004 Robert Langen Gallery Blueprints of the Universe, Waterloo, Canada
2003 Transit Gallery, Blueprints of the Universe, Hamilton, Canada
2001 Grimsby Public, Art Gallery Saturate, Canada
2001 Vain Gallery, Blueprints of the Universe, Toronto, Canada
2000 Artcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2000 Latitude 53 Society Of Artists, Details For Our Times, Edmonton, Canada
1999 Artcore Gallery, Prima Materia, Toronto, Canada
1998 Floating Gallery, Ossuary, Winnipeg, Canada
1997 Del Bello Gallery, Bestiary, Toronto, Canada
1996 Del Bello Gallery, Paintings From The Habitat Series, Toronto, Canada
1996 Dofasco Gallery, Photo Paintings, Dundas, Canada
1996 Spectator Gallery, Elements Of Change, Hamilton, Canada
1995 Mati Gallery, Paintings And Constructions, Katerini, Greece
1993 Spectator Gallery, Smoke, Hamilton, Canada
1993 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Sculpted Paintings, Toronto, Canada
1992 Arcadia Gallery, Three Years Of Industrial Landscapes, Toronto, Canada
1992 Carnegie Gallery, New Landscapes, Dundas, Canada
1991 Hamilton Press Club, Planet Series, Hamilton, Canada
1991 Broadway Gallery, Progress, Hamilton, Canada
1991 Dofasco Gallery, Depth Of Perception, Dundas, Canada

1999      Artcore Gallery Prima Materia, Toronto, Canada

1998      Floating Gallery Ossuary, Winnipeg, Canada

1997      Del Bello Gallery Bestiary, Toronto, Canada

1996      Gallery 788 Paintings From The Posy Series, Toronto, Canada

1996      Del Bello Gallery Paintings From The Habitat Series, Toronto, Canada

1996      Dofasco Gallery Photo Paintings, Dundas, Canada

1996      Spectator Gallery Elements Of Change, Hamilton, Canada

1995      Mati Gallery Paintings And Constructions, Katerini, Greece

1994      Underground Studios Overview, Hamilton, Canada

1993      Spectator Gallery Smoke, Hamilton, Canada

1993      Justina M. Barnicke Gallery Sculpted Paintings, Toronto, Canada

1992      Arcadia Gallery Three Years Of Industrial Landscapes, Toronto, Canada

1992      Carnegie Gallery New Landscapes, Dundas, Canada

1992      McMaster University Faculty Club Large Photographs, Hamilton, Canada

1992      Hamilton Central Library Posy, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Broadway Gallery Progress, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Dofasco Gallery Depth Of Perception, Dundas, Canada

1991      Hamilton Press Club Planet Series, Hamilton, Canada

1990      Locke Street Gallery New Paintings Sculptures Prints, Hamilton, Canada





2012      Waddington's First Annual Contemporary Canadian Art Auction, lot 8

2012      Sketchbook Project: Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Atlanta,   

             Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver

2011-2   Art Toronto with Rumi Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010      G20 Summit with Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada

2010      Art Toronto with Art Gallery of Ontario Art Rental and Sales Gallery

2009      Art Gallery of Ontario Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Construct, Toronto, Canada

2009      Transit Gallery, 4 Painters, Hamilton, Canada

2009      XEXE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008      Peak Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008      XEXE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2007      Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2007      XEXE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2006      Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2006      Arts in the Workplace: Investors Group Exhibition 2006, Toronto, Canada

2006      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2006      XEXE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2005      Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2005      XEXE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2005      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2005      Wellington Gallery, Aurora, Canada

2005      Gallery 401, 553-77 years, Toronto, Canada

2004      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2003      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2002      Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2002      Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2002      Toronto International Art Fair with Artcore and Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Canada

2001      Art Miami with Artcore Gallery, Miami USA

2001      Toronto International Art Fair with Artcore and Buschlen Mowatt Galleries,    

             Toronto, Canada

2000      Art Cologne with Artcore Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2000      Artcore Gallery New Media, Toronto, Canada

2000      Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa %u2013 Marcel Dzama Marc Seguin and Matthew Varey   

             Canada 3 Perspectives, Venice, Italy

2000      Art Miami with Artcore Gallery, Miami, USA

2000      Toronto International Art Fair with Artcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1999      Artcore Gallery, Prima Materia %u2013 Michael Adamson and Matthew Varey, Toronto, Canada

1999      Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

1999      Sumice International Photo Exhibition, Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1999      Artcore Gallery Encore Artcore, Toronto, Canada

1999      Society Of Canadian Artists Countdown To The Millennium, Toronto, Canada

1999      Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998      Trius Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998      Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1997      Delon White Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1997      Mati Gallery, Katerini, Greece

1997      Del Bello Gallery Bas-Reliefs, Toronto, Canada

1995-6   Del Bello Gallery Summer%u2019s End Group Show, Toronto, Canada

1995-6   Short Listed, Royal Overseas League Exhibition, London, England

1996      Art Gallery Of Hamilton High Winds On The Skyway, Hamilton, Canada

1995      Burlington Art Centre Juried Exhibition, Burlington, Canada

1995      International Arts Center, Hiroshima, Japan

1995      Del Bello Gallery Group Show Of Gallery Artists, Toronto, Canada

1993      Hamilton And Region Arts Council Offices, Hamilton, Canada

1993      Carnegie Gallery  On The Edge, Dundas, Canada

1993      Dofasco Gallery, Dundas, Canada

1993      The Hamilton Artist's Inc.  Genesis, Hamilton, Canada

1991-3   London Regional Art Gallery  Juried Exhibition, London, Canada

1992      Art Gallery of McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

1992      Broadway Gallery  On The Edge, Hamilton, Canada

1992      Hammer Gallery  Tozman, Hammond, Varey, Hamilton, Canada

1992      Hamilton Creative Arts Building  Compound, Hamilton, Canada

1992      Zenagogue  Compound, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Grant Gallery  Three Artists,  Hamilton, Canada

1991      Fieldcote Gallery, Ancaster, Canada

1991      Hamilton Press Club  Local Works With Photographs, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Hamilton Go Station Go Show, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Art Gallery Of Hamilton  Juried Exhibition, Hamilton, Canada

1990      W.W.T.F. Exhibition, Hamilton, Canada

1990      McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

1988      Stratford Arts Council, Stratford, Canada





2012     Nominated for the Ontario College of Teachers Inspiring Public Confidence Award

2012     Nominated for a McMaster University Alumni Gallery Award

2012     Visiting Artist, Art Gallery of Mississauga

2011-2  Held positions on Committees at OCAD University, Humber Collage, Sheridan College

2011-2  Winner of Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

2012     Winner - Ontario Art Education Association Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award

2010-2  Presenter at Ontario Art Education Association Conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012

2011     Nominated for a Premier%u2019s Award in Teaching

2010-1  Nominated for the Toronto Star Teacher of the Year Award

2011     Worked with Humber College on their new Visual Art Diploma Program

2006-8   Visiting Artist, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

2004      Collection of Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada

2002      Illustrations for on-line and print catalogue Blurr, based in Vancouver, Canada. 

1999      Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Grant

1998      Visiting Artist - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS

1993-6  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

1993      Curator - Compound%u2019s Exhibition %u201CGenesis%u201D, Hamilton Artist's Inc.

1993      Member of the Hamilton Artists Inc. Curatorial Committee

1992-3   Co-ordinator of the Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Canada

1992      Curator - Compound%u2019s Exhibition, Hamilton Creative Arts Building       

1992      Curator - Compound%u2019s Exhibition, The Zenagogue Gallery, Hamilton

1992      Visiting Artist - McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Awarded The Juanita Le Barre Symington Scholarship, McMaster University





2012      The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada

2012      The McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada

2011      Cenovus Energy, Calgary, Canada

2011      The Donovan Collection, Toronto, Canada

2011      Olga Korper, Toronto, Canada

2010      Bell Canada, Toronto, Canada

2010      Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Canada

2009      Miriam Shiell, Toronto, Canada

2001      Vancouver Stock Exchange, Vancouver, Canada

2001      McCullough, O%u2019Connor, Irwin, Vancouver, Canada

1996      Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Canada

             Private collections in Canada, the United States, Greece, England, France, Finland,    

             and Korea





2009      Catalogue: Matthew Varey: Building on History, McMaster Museum of Art

2000      Catalogue: Canada 3 Persectives %u2013 Marcel Dzama, Marc Seguin, Matthew Varey,

             Contemporary Art Bank Editions, Venice, Cologne,  Miami, Toronto

2000      Cover, Illustrations, Gripped Magazine, Volume Two Issue One, Volume Two Issue   

             Three, Volume Two Issue Four, Volume Two Issue Five

1999      Cover and Illustrations - The Old Man and The Sea, Mati Publishing, Katerini, Greece

1997      Cover - Canadian Cyclist Magazine, Fall/Winter Issue

1996      Photographs - Kairos, Number 7, pages 122 & 123, Hamilton, Canada

1996      Cover and Interior Photographs - Zygote Magazine, Volume 3 Issue 3, Winnipeg,


1995      On The Edge, Artistic Visions Of A Shrinking Landscape, Edited By Cathy Gibbon, page

             85, Boston  Mills Press/Stoddart, Erin, Canada

1995      Cover and Illustrations - Competitive Swimming In Europe, By M. Kostas, J. Kostas,

             Z. Adolf, Mati Publishing, Katerini, Greece

1994      Cover and Illustrations - Children Of The Thunder Bird, By Edward Myers, Hancock

                 House Publishing, Vancouver, Canada

1993       Parallelogramme Contemporary Art Magazine, Volume 19 Number 2, Toronto, Canada

1993      Id Magazine, November Issue, London, Canada

1993      Scalpel Magazine, October Issue, Hamilton, Canada

1993      Cover - On The Edge Community Celebration Catalogue, Dundas, Canada

1992      Head Magazine, October Issue, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Ta Panta Magazine, December Issue, Hamilton, Canada

1991      Broadway Magazine, July-August Issue, Hamilton, Canada

1989      Dundas Star Journal, March 16, Dundas, Canada





Heather Brissenden %u201CIron Men evokes a solid response at Rumi Galleries in Port Credit%u201D Good Life Magazine, June, 2012.

ArtSync %u2013 Interview

Arabella Magazine.  %u201CGallery to Visit %u2013 Rumi%u201D, Fall 2011.  - Professionally Speaking  - OAEA - The Globe and Mail  - Toronto Star  - The Globe and Mail  - CBC TV Coverage - CBC TV Coverage

Hammer, Kate.  %u201CStudent artists draw major scholarships%u201D, The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2011

Gordon, Andrea. %u201CFinding a Global Canvas%u201D, Toronto Star, May 31, 2011

Catalogue: Building on History: Recent Paintings, Text by Gary Michael Dault.  McMaster University Museum of Art

Landry, Mike. %u201CBuilding on History%u201D, Things of Desire, Vol1 No 20: January 29-February 4, 2009

Mahoney, Jeff.  %u201CA Vareyed take on growing up in Hamilton%u201D, Hamilton Spectator, Sept 28, 2008

Haggo, Regina.  %u201CAn Ode to the Joy of Colour%u201D, The Hamilton Spectator, Aug 12, 2006.

Dault, Gary Michael.  %u201CGallery Going%u201D The Globe and Mail, May 13 2006.

Denise Moraz%uFFFD.  %u201CIron Men: New Painting%u201D, Artflack, Spring 2006.

Carson, Andrea.  %u201CIron Men: New Painting%u201D, Border Crossings, Issue 97, 2006.

Hollick, Laura.  %u201CDrawn to Abstraction%u201D, McMaster Times, Winter 2006

Temple, Kevin.  %u201CTrio Works with Iron Hand%u201D, Now Magazine, October 2005, Vol. 25 No. 8

Dault, Gary Michael.  %u201CMatthew Varey: Stillness Rampant%u201D Catalogue Essay for McMaster Museum of Art, May 2004

Hollick, Laura.  %u201CMatthew Varey%u201D, View Magazine, May 2004

Thompson, Thomas.  %u201CBlueprints of His Universe%u201D The Cord, January 14, 2004.

Sum, Denise.  %u201CEnergy in the Room%u201D The McMaster Silhouette, February 12, 2004

Deal, John.  %u201CMatthew Varey%u201D, View Magazine, April 2003

Brace, and Kohli.  %u201CThe View from Here: Matthew Varey's Blueprints of the Universe%u201D, Transit Gallery, April 2003

Wenger, Rhona.  Saturate, Curator%u2019s Statement, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, October 2001

Younger, Sharon.  %u201CToronto%u2019s shot at big-time art%u201D, The National Post September 27, 2000.

Catalogue: Canada 3 Perspectives  Venice, Cologne, Toronto,  August 2000 (Texts by Gary Michael Dault, Luca Massimo Barbero and Paquerette Villeneuve)
Butturini, Francesco "Al Servizio dell'Arte" Giornale di Vicenza, Italy,  August 18, 2000
Butturini, Francesco  "Tre Canadesi in Mostra" l'Arena di Verona, Italy, August 15, 2000

%u201CMostra Cdn Perspectives%u201D Agsa Quotidiana Cultura, Italy,  August 3, 2000

%u201CIl Mondo visto dai Giovani Canadesi%u201D La Nuova Venezia Esposizioni, Italy, August 4, 2000

%u201CCdn Perspectives%u201D alla Bevilacqua la Masa, Ansa, Domani nel Veneto, Italy, August 3, 2000

%u201CArte Giovane%u201D Il Gazzettino Venezia Mostra, Italy, July 30, 2000

%u201CArtisti Canadesi in Cdn Perspectives%u201D Il Gazzettino Venezia Zoom,Italy,  August 1, 2000

%u201CProspettive Canadesi%u201D Il Gazzettino Venezia Arte, Italy, August 2, 2000

%u201CSi inaugura la Mostra Cdn Perspectives: Il Gazzettino Venezia, Italy, August 3, 2000
%u201CThe works of Three Young Canadians considered in a Contemporary Context%u201D, Venezia news, Italy, Aug. 8, 2000
Dault, Gary Michael.  %u201CTelevision%u2019s sub-conscious inklings%u201D, Catalogue for Canada 3 Perspectives,

Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, Italy, August 2000.

Dault, Gary Michael.  %u201CRenato Begnoni and Matthew Varey at Artcore Gallery%u201D, The Globe and Mail May 6, 2000

Karim, Shahabadeen.  %u201CAn Aggressive, Young Toronto Gallery Heads South to Sell%u201D, The National Post January 22, 2000

Dault, Gary Michael.  %u201CAbstract Paintings With Real Power%u201D, The Globe And Mail August 14, 1999

Hammond, Cynthia.  %u201CFaraway things in the protective eye: Matthew Varey%u2019s technology of representation%u201D, Floating Gallery Publication, 1998.

Glaser, Jody. Interview for CIUT, 89.5 FM May 9, 1997.

Cupillari, Alida.  Interview for Bravo! News, Bravo! Channel May 5, 1997.

Cupillari, Alida.  Interview for Fax, Much Music May 5, 1997.

Tsioutsioulas, George. Interview for Tora Pou Ta Leme, CFMT May 4, 1997

Mahoney, Jeff. %u201CMatthew Varey%u201D, The Hamilton Spectator July 27, 1996.

Rosa, Cathy. Interview for %u201CBravo! News%u201D, Bravo! Channel July 9, 1996.

Mahoney, Jeff. %u201CDouble Treat in Dundas%u201D, The Hamilton Spectator June 1, 1996.

Bird, Heather. %u201CEdge of Destruction%u201D, The Toronto Sun February 11, 1996.

Mahoney, Jeff. %u201CThe Art of a City%u201D, The Hamilton Spectator January 29, 1996.

Mahoney, Jeff. %u201CArtist%u2019s Inc. exhibit looks at Genesis%u201D, Hamilton Spectator November 17, 1993.

Hammond, Cynthia.  %u201CCompound: local artists playing God%u201D, Scalpel Magazine, Issue 4, Oct, 1993

Manson, Anne Marie. %u201CFive incredible artists%u201D, Arts Beat Magazine May 1992.

Benedetti, Paul. %u201CNature%u2019s beauty gets impressive treatment%u201D, Hamilton Spectator May 2, 1992.

Benedetti, Paul. %u201CArt on the Edge%u201D, The Hamilton Spectator April 16, 1992.

Born, Leslie. %u201CConversations with Grant Gallery artists%u201D, Arts Beat Magazine December 1991.

Benedetti, Paul. %u201CBroadway exhibit exposes different urban %u2018landscapes%u2019%u201D. Hamilton Spectator July 13, 1991.




Peninsula Art Space - July 25 to August 24, 2014

New York, NY, USA

Opens Friday July 25 7-10pm





The Shape of Things to Come
Porcelain, 2010

Matthew Varey