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Matthew Quick

Biography

Matthew first began painting as a teenager, but for a long time pursued other interests. He has worked variously as a graphic designer, photographer, life model, cleaner, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. In the early 1990’s he taught at the art college ACPAC, in the middle nineties he wrote fiction, and in the late nineties lectured at Victoria University. Until 2005 he was also the Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A. His first novel was short-listed for the Vogel Literature award, and he spent 5 years writing his second magnum opus. In recent years he returned to full time painting.

Matthew’s current series “Pure” is the culmination of all his previous experience: The concepts rely upon his advertising experience of idea generation and expanding a given concept into a campaign. The layouts use his background as a graphic designer, constructed according to the principles of the Golden Ratio. His beginnings as an illustrator have been built upon with the techniques of the Old Masters, with each painting containing many layers of glazes to build up a velvety saturation of colour, without brush strokes. And his experience as a writer is utilised with the titles of the works, which are carefully conceived to add an unexpected extra dimension to each concept.

Indeed, with these paintings the titles are as important as the works themselves, as they alert the viewer to the fact that they are not witnessing merely a scene, but that they are quirky and sometimes humorous metaphors for a particular personality characteristic. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the opening chapters to an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.

Pieces from this series have been selected as finalists for the 2010 City of Albany Art Prize; 2009 Whyalla Art Prize; the 2009 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, the 2009 Blake Prize Director’s Cut, the 2009 Mortimore Art Prize; the 2009 Churchie National Emerging Art Award, the 2009 Prometheus Visual Art Award; the 2008 Mortimore Art Prize; 2008 Norville Art Prize; the 2008 John Leslie Art Prize; the 2008 Mosman Art Award; the 35th Alice Prize 2008; the 2007 Duke Art Prize; the 2007 Mortimore Art Prize and the inaugural Macarthur Cook Art Award – for which he also received the People’s Choice Award.

The painting Pure Escapism also won the $10,000 Townsville Open Art Award.

 

Awards & Competitions

2015  Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Finalist
2015  Whyalla Art Prize, Finalist
2015  Mosman Art Prize, Finalist
2015  Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Finalist
2015  Nillumbuk Art Prize, Finalist
2015  Calleen Art Award, Finalist
2014  The Sulman Prize, Finalist
2014  The Kilgour Prize, Finalist
2014  Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Prize, Finalist
2014  The Kennedy Art Prize, Finalist
2014  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Finalist
2014  City of Albany Art Prize, Finalist & Commended
2014  Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Finalist
2014  Glencorp Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Finalist
2014  Calleen Art Award, Finalist and Highly Commended
2013  Gold Coast Art Prize, Finalist
2013  Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Semi-Finalist
2013  Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Prize, Finalist
2013  Cake Wines Archi-bottle Prize, Finalist
2013  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award: Winner, Sponsor’s Prize
2013  Outback Art Prize, Finalist
2013  Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Salon des Refusés
2013  Nillumbuk Art Prize, Finalist
2013  Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés
2012  The Sulman Prize, Finalist
2012  Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Finalist
2012  Mosman Art Prize, Finalist
2012  Glover Prize, Finalist
2012  Redland Art Awards, Finalist
2012  Mortimore Art Prize, Finalist
2012  Wilson Art Award, Finalist
2012  Gainsborough Green Art Award, Finalist
2012  Calleen Art Award, Finalist and Highly Commended
2012  John Villiers Outback Art Prize; Winner, Celebrity Prize
2011  Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Winner, People’s Choice Award
2011  Duke Art Prize, Finalist
2011  Whyalla Art Prize, Finalist
2011  Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés
2010 Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
2010 Finalist, the Paddington Art Prize
2010 Finalist, the Mortimore Art Prize
2010 The Blake Prize Director’s Cut
2010 Finalist, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
2010 Finalist, City of Albany Art Prize
2010 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2009 Finalist, The Whyalla Art Prize
2009 Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
2009 The Blake Prize Director’s Cut
2009 Finalist, the Mortimore Art Prize
2009 Finalist, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
2009 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2009 Finalist, the Churchie National Emerging Art Award
2009 Finalist, Prometheus Visual Art Award
2008 Winner, Townsville Open Art Award
2008 Finalist, the Mortimore Art Prize
2008 Finalist, the Norville Art Prize
2008 Finalist, the John Leslie Art Prize
2008 Finalist, the Mosman Art Prize
2008 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés
2008 Finalist, the Stanthorpe Art Prize
2008 Finalist, the 35th Alice Prize
2007 Finalist, the Duke Art Prize
2007 Finalist, the Mortimore Art Prize
2007 People’s Choice Award, Macarthur Cook Art Award
2007 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2006 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
– Numerous other awards including several MADC awards and from the prestigious “One Show” in New York
– First novel “Of Gods and Monsters” was short-listed for the Vogel National Literature Award. Judging was by Booker Prize winning author of Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally.

Collections

The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville
Aitken Hill Estate
The Harrolds Group
Plus private collections throughout Australia & Asia.

Commissions

Paintings have been commissioned by Penguin Books and Era Publications.
Other works have been purchased by Bayside City Council, Sheraton Hotels,
Mars Corporation, Marriott Hotels, The Department of State Development,
Peddle Thorpe Architects, Scat Records Malaysia, Westfield, NSW Railways,
Playboy, Australia Post and Rio Tinto.

 

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