matt sansom at the lobby byron bay

Matthew's artwork expresses a range of themes with drawing, printmaking and painting.

His response to nature and light are drawn from plein air, botanical and figurative subjects.

After studying Art and Design at TAFE Geelong (1993), Matthew lived in country Victoria and Melbourne where he was involved with community theater, set and costume design for dance, pantomime and music - Wolfgang theater company, Chandrabhanu dance company - Academy of Indian arts (assistant to Geoffrey Goldie. 1998-2000). These experiences he cites as influential, along with a love for the outdoors, Landscape, botanical and Interior design.

After 4 years living in the UK and Europe he returned to Australia (2004) to further his art  portfolio. 

Currently located in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Matthew works from his studio and on location, Plein air around the shire and further afield. Currently he has residency at Galleon studio Bangalow where he curates both retrospective and new works. 

Born 1974.

Ballarat, Australia.

Grew up in Geelong.

Currently lives in Byron Bay.


Solo Exhibitions


La Ventana, Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain,

12th March, 2016


Byron Bay, Australia

March 2018


Gallery 3

Byron Bay, Australia



The Lobby

Byron Bay


Group Exhibitions

2021 Birds, Gallery 3. The Raven, Spotted peafowl, Plover on Teal.

2020 Finalist. Hurford Hardwood portrait prize, Lismore Regional Gallery. 'Fashioned from Clay'

2020. Finalist. Boarder Art Prize, Tweed Heads National Gallery, 'Resilience'

2019 Finalist. Gallery 7 prize. Byron Bay. 'Woebegone Raven'

2018 Finalist Boarder Art Prize, Tweed River National Gallery. Reclining Shoreline.

2017 Finalist, Lethbridge 10 000 'Tallow  Wood' 

2016 Finalist, Border Art Prize . Tweed Regional Gallery, Qld. Woompoo Fruit Dove

2016 Ocean Shores art Expo. ‘Banksia Branch’ and ‘Honeysuckle hill’ Acrylic on canvas

2016 Byron Bay Art Expo, Byron Community center. ‘Olive Oriole’

2016 Finalist Boarder Art Prize, Tweed River National Gallery. ‘Woompoo Fruit Dove’

2014 Caldera art Expo, Tweed River National Gallery. ‘Coucal Pheasant at sunrise’

2013 Northern Rivers Portrait Awards. Lismore Regional Gallery. Portrait of George C Weir.

2009 Caldera Art Expo. The Center Beaudesert. ‘Closed Forest of the Caldera’

Awards and Prizes

2019 Second place, Ocean Shores Art Expo, Grass trees at Dawn.

2018 Second place, Ocean Shores Art Expo, Bridge over Tallow creek.

2017 Third place, Tropical fruits gallery, Lismore. 'Reclining shoreline"

2017 Third place (acrylics and oils) Ocean Shores Art Expo, "Tallow Wood".

2016 First prize (Acrylic and oils) Ocean Shores art Expo. ‘Banksia Branch’

2012 Second place (Acrylics and oils) 'A Moonlit Summers Night'. Ocean Shores Art Expo

2011 First place 'The Zodiac Series'. Tropical Fruits Art Exhibition with Lismore Serpentine Gallery.

2009 First place, Caldera Art Expo 'Closed Forests of the Caldera’.  Beaudesert Regional Gallery.


2013 Nature series published by Blue Island Press, in gift cards.

2015 Artworks and artists statement featured in editorial 'Acrylic Sachet Mixte Themes' France.

2017 The Zoc publishing house. Images and artist statement. Indiana USA.