Matt Chun is an artist and writer, working from a small seaside town on Yuin country, on the East Coast of Australia. He also divides his time between Melbourne and Taipei.
Living, working and travelling with his 8-year-old son, Matt’s work spans drawing, installation, children’s books, comics, illustration and text.
Matt is the current Children’s Literature Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. He is also the current 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Emerging Writer, for which he will be writing from Jakarta and Yogyakarta during 2019. He has undertaken tenures as artist-in-residence in Australian at Casula Powerhouse, Nishi Gallery and New Acton Precinct, and in Taiwan at both Bamboo Curtain Studio and Guandu International Art Festival.
As a writer, Matt is primarily interested in Australian national identity, decolonisation and the semiotics of public space. His essays have previously appeared in Overland Literary Journal, Meanjin Quarterly and Runway Experimental Art. Matt is currently writing texts for Art Monthly Australasia and 4A Papers.
Matt’s second picture book for Australian publisher Little Hare is due for release in October. His first - Australian Birds - released in 2018, has been listed as a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book and is currently shortlisted for the CBCA Award for Best New Illustrator. He is currently working on a graphic novel for young children.