Matthew Darbyshire

Matthew Darbyshire Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Matthew Darbyshire
Untitled: Shelves No.5 (and 3 details)


Various glass and plastic components

110 x 140 x 30 cm
Matthew Darbyshire provocatively repackages the homogenisation of contemporary design: the moulded retro-future furnishings and CMYK colour schemes that dominate both public and private space. Democratised from minimalist couture chic to high-street decor to budget home-ware chintz, Darbyshire’s assembled objects try to define just what it is that makes candy-coloured plastic so modern, so appealing. Replicating a domestic display, Untitled: Shelves No. 5 presents a collection of purchased goods: a Verner Panton miniature and a bong, religious icons and cocktail glasses, all fabricated in the same style, the numbing yet infinitely seductive hallmark of lifestyle aspiration.
Matthew Darbyshire
Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 (and detail)


Abacus rug, ikea torim lamp, noguchi replica table, robin day chair, nike dunk supremes, buddha head, panton miniature, rashid lighter

190 x 180 x 140 cm

Darbyshire’s homey assemblages function as models of modern living, the kind of dioramic displays that might represent ‘today’ in design museums or shop windows. Their studied genericism and fetishistic staging doubles as a form of portraiture. Drawing inspiration from novelists such as JG Ballard and Bret Easton Ellis, Darbyshire conceives his sculptures in relation to shopping theory: we are what we buy, and use our belongings to project a desired image of ourselves. Furnished with well-known affordable brand name goods, Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 invites speculation on the type of person who might have this as their living environment. Its clinical hipness paints an ironic image of tragic yuppie-ness: chances are you probably own at least one of the items on display.

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Matthew Darbyshire's Biography

Matthew Darbyshire
Born in 1977, Cambridge
Lives and works in London, UK


Tramway, Glasgow
Jousse Enterprise, Paris
Stanley Picker Fellowship in Fine Art, The Stanley Picker Gallery,
Kingston University, London

Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan
Leeds Met Gallery and Studio, Leeds
Herald St, London (with Scott King)

ELIS, Herald St, London
Frieze Foundation commission, Frieze Art Fair, London

Funhouse, Hayward Project Space, London, UK. Curated by Tom Morton
Furniture Islands, Outpost, Norwich, UK

Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK. Presented as
part of the programme
Blades House, Gasworks, London, UK

Recreate (with Richard Wilson), Pumphouse Gallery, London, UK

Urban Pastoral, Relais De La Baie, France


You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Miro Foundation,
Barcelona, Spain
The Shape We’re In, Zabludowicz Collection, London and New York
The British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre,
The Hayward gallery, touring (cat)

Recent British Sculpture, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Camo Show, Cardi Black Box, Milan
The British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre,
Nottingham Contemporary, touring (cat)
Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London (cat)
Herald St, Taro Nasu, Tokyo
Paul McCarthy’s Cap, Peles Empire, London

Altermodern Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London. Curated by
Nicholas Bourriaud (cat)
Platform 2009, Seoul, Korea. Curated by Tom Morton
Eat Me – Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, USA

White Columns, New York, USA
Le Chant du Rossignol, Matthew Darbyshire and Sam Gunn, July Screenings,
Herald St, London, UK
Matthew Darbyshire, Jess Flood–Paddock, William Hunt, Sadlers Wells,
London, UK. Curated by Sasha Cradock

Deutsche Bank Pyramid, National Theatre, London, UK; Deutsche Bank, London, UK
Supernova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA
ReMap[KM], IBID PROJECTS, Athens, Greece
Matthew Darbyshire, Djordje Ozbolt and Alexander Tucker, Parade Gallery, London, UK
Itchy Park, Limehouse Studio, London, UK

Minotaur Blood, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK
Internet Café, Canal, London, UK. Commissioned for Publish and be Damned
Sixteen Golf Course Makers, Zoo Art Fair, London, UK. Special projects commission

Launderette, Ipswich Town Council Artists Gallery, Ipswich, UK
Open Garden, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK
Public Meeting To Address The Phenomenon Of Materialization, Man in the
Holocene, London, UK. Collaboration with Olivia Plender

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millers Terrace, London, UK
Art School, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
2001 Atelier Something, Springfield Studios, London, UK