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Matthew Quick


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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.

The paintings shown on this page are:

Pure Ambition*
Pure Hedonism*
Pure Doubt*
Pure Ambition*
Pure Hubris*
Pure Predictability*
Pure Confidence*
Pure Anticipation*

*Note – These paintings of Matthew’s “Pure” Series are all sold & they will not be included in the Exhibition of new works from the “Pure” Series that Art Index is holding on the 20th May, 2010.

 

Awards & Competitions

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.

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Art Index, The Gallery, Kent Street, Sydney NSW
2008 Pure Escapism, Delshan Gallery, High Street, Armidale Vic
2008 Pure Truth, Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston Vic
2007 Lost Souls, Delshan Gallery, High Street, Armidale Vic
2005 Side Effects Include, Jiotto Gallery, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Vic

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth Town Hall, Perth WA
2010 Best of the Salon des Refusés, Media House Gallery, Melb Vic
2010 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Hilton South Wharf, Melb Vic
2010 City of Albany Art Prize, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA
2009 Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
2009 The Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
2009 EMSL Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2009 The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth Town Hall, Perth WA
2009 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, SMART ArtZ Gallery, Melb Vic
2009 Churchie National Art Award, Morris Hall, Brisbane Qld
2009 Prometheus Art Award, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac Qld
2009 The Studio @ Art Melbourne 09, Exhibition Building, Melbourne Vic
2008 Townsville Open Art Award, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville Qld
Selected Group Exhibitions (continued)
2008 Mortimore Art Prize, St Brigids, Dubbo & Scots College, Sydney NSW
2008 Norville Art Prize, RSL Gallery, Murrurundi NSW
2008 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Vic
2008 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
2008 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney NSW
2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize, Weeroona Park, Stanthorpe Qld
2008 35th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2007 Duke Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Qld
2007 Mortimore Art Prize, Dubbo & Bathurst NSW
2007 Sydney Art Fair, Sydney NSW
2007 Macarthur Cook Art Award, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne Vic
2007 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Crown Towers Vic
2007 Melbourne Art Fair, The Exhibition Building, Melbourne Vic
2007 2×22, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick Vic
2006 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Crown Towers, Melbourne Vic
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Seafarers Mission, Melbourne Vic
1992 Art Gallery of South Australian Touring Exhibition
1992 Roar II, Fitzroy Vic
1991 Young Guns, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide

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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