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Digby Gallery

The Digby Gallery at the Mercury Theatre Colchester exhibits work by artists living and/or working in the region.

The Digby is open to the public from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays, and later on evenings when there is a performance.

We are currently exhibiting work by Matt Gardner.

Matt Gardner 29 June – 29 August 2016

Matt Gardner’s work is predominantly abstract and tends to focus on colour, light, form and emotion. He uses colour to create tension and intensity, light for depth and focus; form is inspired from looking at the human figure, manmade structures and nature; and emotion, an ever changing state that he allows to affect the application of paint to surface.

Bringing all of these components together Matt creates images with a purpose to evoke a reaction from the viewer, asking them to question what they are looking at. Matt constantly draws and paints concepts and ideas in sketchbooks; which are then developed and used in the construction of a finished painting.

Many artists inspire Matt’s practice such as Dali, Hundertwasser, Giacometti, Bacon, Jenny Saville and the French impressionists. More modern genres such as graphic novel artwork and graffiti also influence Matt’s artwork.

Matt’s interest in art started at school and led to him studying 2D and 3D design at Ipswich college. His career has been varied – working as a model maker and sculptor for the toy industry, teaching painting techniques to adults, running a garden ornament business and even teaching in Chelmsford prison for a short while. In 2008 Matt started working at the Mercury Theatre as a freelance scenic carpenter.

We are in the process of scheduling exhibitions. If you are interested in exhibiting at the Digby Gallery and would like to discuss a proposal please contact for more information