Mathew Hale, from the series Miriam Stealing, 2000-2001
Courtesy: Mobile Home, London

Mathew Hale was born in Wiltshire, United Kingdom, in 1964. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Mathew Hale has most recently shown in the Arts Council of England touring exhibition, Sublime : The Darkness and the Light, 1999-2000, Sleight of Hand, Five Years, London 2000 and as part of My Friends, Tromso Kunstforening, Norway 2001.

Miriam Stealing and Miriam & William will be his first solo show in London since Mathew Hale : Recent Work, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1988.

   Artistic Approach

Mathew Hale, Miriam Stealing, 2000-2001 & Miriam & William, 2001
Ink, pencil and collage on paper
45,6 x 30,5 x 3 cm each:
(60 drawings in all)

J.L., The Guide, The Guardian, Dec.22-28, 2001, on the exhibition Miriam Stealing and Miriam & William at (gallery) Mobile Home, London, 2001-2002:

"Lucid graphic drawings in pen and ink by the Berlin-based artist Mathew Hale, who has spent the past two years working on the series Miriam Stealing and Miriam & William, two surreal sequences that have their roots in black magic.

The works are based on a prophetic guide called The Tarot of the Bohemians, an in-depth study to the occult science of tarot reading. Hale's drawings are little acts of imagination which he then shuffles, like a chancer pitting his wits against the roulette wheel, and creates arbitrary stories from the resulting sequences."

   Project 'The Twain Adjusted', 2002

Mathew Hale, Miriam Stealing, 2000-2001 & Miriam & William, 2001
Ink, pencil and collage on paper
45,6 x 30,5 x 3 cm each:
(60 drawings in all)

Adapted by Mathew Hale from a passage of Marc Twain's The adventures of Tom Sawyer:

Now the man began to draw something on the slate, hiding his work with his left hand. For a time the woman refused to notice; but her human curiosity presently began to manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs.

The man worked on, apparently unconscious. The woman made a sort of non-committal attempt to see, but the man did not betray that he was aware of it. At last she gave in, and hesitatingly whispered:

"Let me see it."

The man partly uncovered a dismal caricature of a house with two gable ends to it and a cork-screw of smoke issuing from the chimney. Then the woman's interest began to fasten itself upon the work, and she forgot everything else. When it was finished, she gazed a moment, then whispered:

"It's nice - make a man."

The artist erected a man in the front yard, that resembled a derrick. He could have stepped over the house; but the woman was not hypercritical; she was satisfied with the monster, and whispered:

"It's a beautiful man - now make me coming along."

The man drew an hour glass, with a full moon and straw limbs to it, and armed the spreading fingers with a portentous fan. The woman said:

"It's ever so nice - I wish I could draw."

"It's easy," whispered the man. "I'll learn you."

   Works Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

View of the works presented at
the Biennale de Montréal 2002

1. Miriam & William, 2001
Ink, pencil and collage on paper

2. Miriam Stealing, 2000-2001
Ink, pencil and collage on paper

60 drawings from the two series
45,6 x 30,5 x 3 cm each and 20,8 x 13,4 cm each
Courtesy of the artist and Mobile Home

   Solo Exhibitions (selection)
  • Miriam Stealing Miriam & Wiliam, Mobile Home, London, United Kingdom

  •    Group Exhibitions (selection)
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal (Québec), Canada



      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

         & Rintala


      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)

      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)

      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere


      Michel Iorio


      Cees Krijnen



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