In 2004 Matt graduated with an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Since then he has had a significant number of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions including his most recent solo exhibition entitled “A Brighter Future”, Tauranga Art Gallery 2016. Matthew also works collaboratively under the name “Tiger Murdoch” who recently completed an installation at the James Wallace Arts Trust Pa Homestead. Tiger Murdoch was also selected by international curator Misal Adnanz and Artist Simon Denny for the 2016 New Artist show “New Perspectives” at Art Space NZ. In 2011 he exhibited in the Auckland Art Fair 11 and in 2009 the Britomart Art Project, Auckland.
Matthew has an outstanding record of awards including a merit award in both the 2011 Molly Morpeth Canady Painting Award and the 2008 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and a double finalist in 2016. He was also a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards 2016, 2015 and a finalist in the National Contemporary art award 2017, 2016. He has also been involved in a number of outside collaborative projects. His work has appeared in several online and print publications and he has also featured in interviews by the New Zealand art writers Warwick Brown and Justin Paton. Matthews work is collected internationally and nationally. He has worked as a Fine Arts Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and Whitecliffe College of Art and Design.