ARTIST BIO / CV

Matthew Rolston is an artist who works in photography and video; his practice centers on portraiture, most notably subjects drawn from celebrity culture. Rolston, who lives and works in Los Angeles, studied at Chouinard Art Institute, Otis College of Art & Design, and Art Center College of Design, all in Los Angeles. While still a student at Art Center, Rolston was discovered by Andy Warhol, who immediately commissioned portraits for Interview magazine.

Robert Sobieszek, the legendary former Curator of Photography for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), compared Rolston’s work to the “four mega-greats of the ’50s and ’60s: Avedon, Hiro, Penn and Skrebneski… I think Rolston is one of the foremost editorial, glamour/fashion photographers working today,” he said, “giving us immensely sophisticated, exciting, glamorous shots and portraits that surround us daily.”

Rolston’s work was included in the 1997 exhibition The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, a show which later traveled to a number of other museums, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, in 2000.

Rolston’s work has also been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among many others.

Three monographs have been published of Rolston’s work: Big Pictures: A Book of Photographs (1991), a collection of early photographs published by Bulfinch Press, New York; beautyLIGHT: Pictures at a Magazine (2008), a survey drawn from twenty years of Rolston’s celebrity portrait photographs published by teNeues, Germany; and Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits (2012), published by Pointed Leaf Press, New York.

 

MATTHEW ROLSTON (USA, b. 1955)

 

Education

2006 Honorary Doctorate, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1989 Film Program, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1978 Photography & Imaging, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1976 Drawing & Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1975 Drawing & Painting, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

1974 Drawing & Painting, Chouinard Art Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits, Camera Work Contemporary Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014 Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 

1993 Big Pictures, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991 Big Pictures, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, NY

1991 Big Pictures, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1991 Big Pictures, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987 Matthew Rolston: Magazine Work, Photographs, Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C

1982 Matthew Rolston, Portraits, Jennifer Dumas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1982 New Hollywood Portraiture, FOTO Gallery, New York, NY

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Joan Quinn Captured, Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA

2013 Joan, Joan, Joan, The Vi Smith Concourse Gallery at John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, CA

2013 Through the Lens of the Blues Aesthetic: An Evening of Short Films Selected by Kevin Everson, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2013 The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, SF Shorts: The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, San Francisco, CA

2011 Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn, Santa Ann College Main Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2011 Beauty CULTure, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2000 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

1999 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

1998 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, Musée de la Mode, Marseilles, France

1997 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, The Barbican Art Gallery, London, England

1997 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, The Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

1997 The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1989 New Nudes, Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1988 Fashion and Surrealism, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

1987 Fashion and Surrealism, FIT Gallery, New York, NY

1987 New Nudes, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985 Working In L.A. (with Herb Ritts and Greg Gorman), G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984 Modern Masters (with Jean Pagliuso, Kim Steele, and Bruce Weber), Delahunty Gallery, Dallas, TX

1984 Modern Masters (with Jean Pagliuso, Kim Steele, and Bruce Weber), Hokin Kauffman Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Publications

2012 Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits (New York, USA, Pointed Leaf Press)

2008 beautyLIGHT: Pictures at a Magazine (Kempen, Germany, teNeues)

1991 Big Pictures: A Book of Photographs (New York, USA, Bulfinch Press)

 

Selected Public Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.