Matt Crookshank relocated to Toronto Ontario in 1998, and directed sis boom bah, a groundbreaking gallery in an area of town now known popularly as West Queen West. After closing the gallery in 2004, he developed several lines of simultaneous practice, including abstract painting, digital VFX and animation, and collaborative performance. He has exhibited in London, Switzerland, Mexico and Toronto, and is currently Represented by Niki Dracos at General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto, and Hector Espinoza at Galeria Anomalia in Mexico City. He has been called “one of the most important Canadian painters“ in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Star, and Canadian Art, and remains in the limelight as one of the best ones to watch in Carte Blanche, an exclusive hardcover book selected by the jury of the Magenta Foundation, which saw their launch at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. His experimental digital and video work has been curated across Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and he is currently the lead VFX artist on the 6-time Emmy Nominated children's program Odd Squad (PBS).
"A lot of my time in the studio is just spent staring at my work, contemplating what to do with the paintings. It's a lot of listening, visual listening. Allowing the painting to just speak, allowing it to suggest things, and then just following this intuitive process in the work. Letting it lead me until I can't remember where I've started. Allowing the painting to get me totally lost is a huge part of my process." —Matt Crookshank