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Matt Leines

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Born 1980, Totowa, NJ

Works in
Resides Montclair, NJ

RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)

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Drawing influence from Hermetic Sciences to Hulk Hogan and Harald Hardrada to He-Man, Matt Leines draws pictures that depict the culture and conflicts of a fantasy world inhabited by mustached men, wild beasts, and living architecture. Leines presents himself as an insider in an outsider’s world, where he serves as both creator and narrator. The emphatically meticulous lines speak to a primitive, yet undeniably modern aesthetic. Leines’ work has been shown across the United States as well as Athens and Tokyo.


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2002        Rhode Island School of Design, B.F.A


2006        “The Promise of the North” Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA


2007      “Move #15: These Bagels Are Gnarly” Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006     “Do Not Stack” Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
           “If You Want To Hear Something Just Yell” Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany
           “Young Lions” Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
           “Oval” The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
           “Fine Line” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
           “Panic Room: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection,” curated by Kathy Grayson and Jeffrey Deitch, Deste                      Foundation, Athens, Greece

2005        “Sometimes I Just Want a Hug” Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
            “Loyal and His Band: Hand Painted Covers” Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
            “Carry On” Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
            “Some of My Best Friends Are American” New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
            “Move 13,” curated by Rich Jacobs, Clementine Gallery, NY
            “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
            “New Image Art @RVCA” RVCA Clothing, Costa Mesa, CA
            “Drone” Vilma Gold, London, England
            “Raw Dogs, MOVE 12” New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004     “MOVE 11,” curated by Rich Jacobs, 96 Gillespie, London, UK
            “Eye of the Needle” Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
            “Trunk of Humors,” curated by Kathy Grayson, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
            “Dreamland” Artist Club Creative Time, Coney Island, NY
            “The Russian Doll Show,” curated by Eddie Martinez, New Image Art, Los Angeles,CA/ Space 1026,Philadelphia                      Good World Publico, Cincinnati, OH/ Green Street Gallery, Boston, MA
            “Majority Whip,” curated by Kathy Grayson and Laura Tepper, White Box, NY,NY
            “It Came From Above” Space 237, Toledo, OH
            “Overwrought” Stark-Kikuchi Gallery, Venice, CA
            “Untitled” Wrong Gallery, New York, NY

2003     “The Russian Doll Show,” curated by Eddie Martinez, 65 Hope St. Gallery, NY,NY
            “Today’s Man,” curated by John Connelly, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            “Beam Me Up” New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
            “Dirt Wizards,” curated by Kathy Grayson, Brooklyn Fire Proof Inc., Brooklyn,NY
            “MOVE 9: Lead Poisoning (The Pencil Drawing Show),” curated by Rich Jacobs and Marsea Goldberg, New Image                 Art,Los  Angeles, CA
            “Western Superhero” The Abbey, San Diego, CA
            “Parts Per Million” Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
            “Robots Have Feelings Too,” curated by Jeff Soto, Culture Cache, San Francisco, CA
            “Crazy Bastards” New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
            “Dimebag,” curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
            “Assembly,” curated by Jordon Isip and Rodger Stevens, The Front Room,  Brooklyn, NY

2002      “A-Life Shop” Deitch Projects, New York, NY
            “Monster Mash” 5024F., San Francisco, CA
            “The Giant Electric” New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
            “Panorama Project,” curated by Jordon Isip and Rodger Stevens, The Front Room/ 69a, San Francisco, CA


2006        Charlwood, Lindsay.“The Promise of the North.”  NYArts Magazine November/December 2006
                “Showstoppers.”  Juxtapoz September 2006: 60-63
                ArtReview, Calendar, July 2006: 151, 153

2005        Loyal and His Band.  Stockholm: Galleri Loyal, 2005
                Arkitip Issue 23, 2005
                Towhidy, Mandana.  “Dreamland Artist Club.” Anthem #14, 2005: 36-39
                Tucker, Annie.  “Pretty On the Inside: The Beautiful Losers Art Tour.”  While You Were Sleeping  No. 30, 2005: 50-55
                Tucker, Annie.  “Island Fever: The Dreamland Artist Club.”  Juxtapose Summer 2005
                Flash Art Vol. XXXVII, No. 237, 2005: 63
                Arkitip, Issue 21, 2005

2003       Saltz, Jerry.  “Babylon Rising.”  The Village Voice September 10-16, 2003
                Hudson, J.L.  “BWP TWO, 9 with ‘Tit Jar’” Broken Wrist Project 2003
                Loyal Magazine Issue #6, 2003
                “Down, Down to Hell and Say Matt Leines Sent Thee Thither.”  Vice Magazine, Vol. 10, #3, 2003
Recent Exhibits

Matt Leines participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 All Types of Characters
Joshua Liner Gallery
Jan, 2014 Adam Green and Friends Hot Chicks
The Hole NYC
Oct, 2013 Down Below the Feet
Park Life
Jul, 2012 Permanent Collection
Nancy Margolis Gallery
Jul, 2010 Scion Presents: "Ed Emberley & Friends"
Scion Installation LA Gallery
Oct, 2009 Move (#19) - "He said- he was enjoying the donuts for the most part, and laughing hysterically?”
FIFTY24SF Gallery
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