Print price $200

To purchase your printed digital limited edition of ‘Kung Fu Rat’ and own a unique piece of art from one of New Zealand’s finest, click here now. 

In 2004 Matt graduated with an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Since then he has had a significant number of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions including his most recent solo exhibition entitled “A Brighter Future”, at Tauranga Art Gallery 2016. Matt also works collaboratively under the name “Tiger Murdoch” who recently completed an installation at the James Wallace Arts Trust Pa Homestead. Tiger Murdoch was also selected by international curator Misal Adnanz and Artist Simon Denny for the 2016 New Artist show “New Perspectives” at Art Space NZ. In 2011 he exhibited in the Auckland Art Fair 11 and in 2009 the Britomart Art Project, Auckland. 

Matthew has an outstanding record of awards, winning the 2019 Taranaki National Painting Award and a merit award in both the 2011 Molly Morpeth Canady Painting Award and the 2008 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and a double finalist in 2016. He was also a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards 2016, 2015 and a finalist in the National Contemporary art award 2017, 2016. He has also been involved in a number of outside collaborative projects. His work has appeared in several online and print publications and he has also featured in interviews by the New Zealand art writers Warwick Brown and Justin Paton. Matthews work is collected internationally and nationally. He has worked as a Fine Arts Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and Whitecliffe College of Art and Design.

Instagram: @matthewdowman
All other Street Art is available to purchase here.


During the Chinese New Year period, starting on Monday January 27th, the Parnell Business Association will let you know where ‘Street Rat graffiti art’ is popping up around some of Parnell’s most loved spots. We encourage you to follow the daily clues provided on social media, find the street rats, and post your ‘rat finds’ to be in to win a prize per artwork

All Street Art is available to purchase here. There are only 21 editions available of each work of ‘ratty street art’ so if you wait too long for your favourite street art print by your favourite artist, it’s likely you’ll miss out.

Proceeds go to Starship – National Air Ambulance.

Barfoot & Thompson Parnell are once again showing their support of Chinese New Year in Parnell by coming on board as our Key Sponsor. Pauline Goldfinch, Parnell Branch Manager says “Barfoot & Thompson Parnell is thrilled to bring you the 2020 Year of the Rat street art roll out for Chinese New Year. As a branch, we greatly value the diversity of our community. For us, supporting this local event is just one way that we can give back to our Parnell.” 

If you would like to view the framed ‘Year of the Rat’ digital print edition 1 of 1 exhibition on 27th Jan – 16th Feb visit Artmount and Framing Matters. Also, contact Artmount and Framing Matters and ask for their ‘Year of the Rat framing discount’ if you’d like your digital rat art purchases framed.

Jonathan Grant Gallery is where you will be able to, between the dates of Feb 13th – Feb 16th, view and purchase the Original ‘Street Rat Art’ works specifically created by some of New Zealand’s best. These one-off originals are collectables, with money going towards Starship – National Air Ambulance.