Matthew's artwork is an exploration of nature, storytelling, craft and design. Expressing a range of themes with drawing, printmaking and painting.
After studying Art and Design at TAFE Geelong (1993), Matthew lived in country Victoria where he was involved with Community theater, music and art making.
He also worked on set and costume design for dance theater and music - Wolfgang theater company and Chandrabhanu dance company - Academy of Indian arts (assistant to Geoffrey Goldie. Melbourne. 2019-2000).
After 3 years living in the UK he returned to Australia (2004) to further develop his art portfolio. Currently located in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
His art practice is forever expanding and flourishing as he explores new subjects and mediums.
Matthew has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, local and internationally, and he has garnered a string of awards along the way.
This year sees the release of a body of print designs for silkscreen and lino-cut along side of still life paintings. His postponed 2020 solo exhibition 'Close to home' a collection of land and sea paintings and will be held on Feb 12th 2021 at Gallery 3, Byron Bay.
Grew up in Geelong.
Currently lives in Byron Bay.
La Ventana, Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain,
12th March, 2016
Byron Bay, Australia
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.