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About

Matthew always painted but managed to distract himself with a few alternative careers – he’s worked variously as a university lecturer, copywriter, art-director, photographer & writer. His first novel was short-listed for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. A cancer epiphany in his 30’s prompted his return to painting.

In the last few years he has either won, or been selected as a finalist in, more than 70 major national art awards, including the Sulman Prize, the Arthur Guy, the Doug Moran, the Mosman, the Shirley Hannan, the Glover, the Paddington, the Albany, the Blake Prize Director’s Cut, the Black Swan, the Townsville, the Duke and the John Leslie. He’s had 14 solo and more than 70 group shows. Matthew was featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists.

Matthew has resided in the UK, Portugal & Malaysia and once camped out for several months underneath a grand piano. He has spent nights under stars in India, under ground in Bolivia, under surveillance in Burma and under nourished in London. His scariest moment was having machine-gun shoved in his face during Nepalese anti-monarchy riots, although crashing a para-glider into a forest was also something of a highlight.

Education

Bachelor of Design, University of South Australia

Exhibitions

2016 City of Albany Art Prize; Finalist
Stanthorpe Art Prize; Finalist
2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize; Finalist
Mosman Art Prize; Finalist
Kilgour Prize; Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Finalist
Whyalla Art Prize; Finalist
Sunshine Coast Art Prize; Finalist
Calleen Art Prize; Finalist
Nillumbuk Art Prize; Finalist
2014 The Sulman Prize; Finalist
Kilgour Prize; Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Finalist
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize; Finalist
Kennedy Art Prize; Finalist
City of Albany Art Prize; Finalist & Commended
Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize; Finalist
Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize; Finalist
Calleen Art Prize; Finalist & Highly Commended
2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Award; Semi-finalist
Gold Coast Art Prize; Finalist
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize; Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Winner, Sponsor’s Prize
Outback Art Prize; Finalist
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Salon des Refusés; Finalist
Nillumbuk Art Prize; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2012 The Sulman Prize; Finalist
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize; Finalist
Redland Art Award; Finalist
Mortimore Art Prize; Finalist
Mosman Art Prize; Finalist
The Glover Prize; Finalist
Calleen Art Prize; Finalist & Highly Commended
Wilson Visual Arts Award; Finalist
Gainsborough Greens Art Awards; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
Percival Portrait Award; Finalist
Outback Art Prize; Winner, Celebrity Prize,
2011 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Winner, People’s Choice
Duke Art Prize; Finalist
Whyalla Art Prize; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2010 Redland Art Award; Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Finalist
Paddington Art Prize; Finalist
The Norvill Art Prize; Finalist
Mortimore Art Prize; Finalist
The Blake Prize Director’s Cut
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture; Finalist
City of Albany Art Prize; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2009 The Whyalla Art Prize; Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award; Finalist
The Blake Prize Director’s Cut
Mortimore Art Prize; Finalist
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
Churchie National Emerging Art Award; Finalist
Prometheus Visual Art Award; Finalist
2008 Townsville Open Art Award; Winner
Mortimore Art Prize; Finalist
The Norvill Art Prize; Finalist
The John Leslie Art Prize; Finalist
Mosman Art Prize; Finalist
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés
Stanthorpe Art Prize; Finalist
The 35th Alice Prize; Finalist
2007 Duke Art Prize; Finalist
Mortimore Art Prize; Finalist
Macarthur Cook Art Award; Winner, People’s Choice
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
2006 Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés (Vic)
ANL Maritime Art Prize; Finalist
1991 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award; Shortlisted fiction (novel)
1988+ Numerous MADC awards and from the ”One Show” in New York

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Those Early Days Of Hope, Metro Gallery, High Street, Armadale, Melbourne Vic
2015 Based On A True Story, Nanda Hobbs Contemporary, King Street, Sydney NSW
2014 Monumental Nobodies, Art Equity, King Street, Sydney NSW
2013 Accidental Empires, Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide SA
2012 Pure Freedom, Art Equity, Barrack Street, Sydney NSW
Pure Hope, The Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne Vic
2011 Introduced Species, Art Index, Kent Street, Sydney NSW
2010 Pure Obsession, Art Index, Kent Street, Sydney NSW
2009 Art Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
The Studio @ Art Melbourne, Exhibition Building, Melbourne Vic
2008 Pure Escapism, Delshan Gallery, High Street, Armadale Vic
Pure Truth, Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston Vic
2007 Lost Souls, Delshan Gallery, High Street, Armadale Vic
2006 Side Effects Include, Jiotto Gallery, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Vic

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 City of Albany Art Prize, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA
Equus, Olsen Irwin Gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra NSW
Inaugural Group Exhibition, beinArt Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
Stanthorpe Art Prize, Weeroona Park, Stanthorpe Qld
2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Vic
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Kilgour Prize; Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour & touring throughout NSW
The Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, SA
Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld
Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSW
Nillumbuk Art Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham, Vic
2014 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
Kilgour Prize; Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour & touring throughout NSW
Kennedy Art Prize, Stomping Ground Studios, Stepney, SA
City of Albany Art Prize, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA
Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville Qld
Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSW
2013 Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Qld
Gallery Artists, Art Equity, Barrack Street, Sydney NSW
Artists Salon, Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide SA
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
Doug Moran National Portrait Award, Juniper Hall, Paddington NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour & touring throughout NSW
The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth Town Hall, Perth WA
Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW
Nillumbuk Art Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham, Vic
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Hilton South Wharf, Melb Vic
2012 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Redland Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Qld
Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
Mortimore Art Prize, Sydney, Canberra & regional NSW
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Glover Prize, Falls Park Hall, Evendale, Tasmania
Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSW
Surburbia, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee Victoria
The Salon, The Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne Vic
Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville Qld
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Hilton South Wharf, Melb Vic
The Outback Art Prize, Outback Regional Gallery, Winton Qld
2011 Duke Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Qld
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, SA
Best of the Salon des Refusés, Media House Gallery, Melb Vic
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Hilton South Wharf, Melb Vic
2010 Redland Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Qld
Mortimore Art Prize, Sydney, Canberra & regional NSW
Paddington Art Prize, Menzies Art Brands Gallery, Kensington NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth Town Hall, Perth WA
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Hilton South Wharf, Melb Vic
Best of the Salon des Refusés, Media House Gallery, Melb Vic
City of Albany Art Prize, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA
2009 The Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth Town Hall, Perth WA
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, SMART ArtZ Gallery, Melb Vic
Mortimore Art Prize, Sydney, Canberra & regional NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Churchie National Art Award, Morris Hall, Brisbane Qld
Prometheus Art Award, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac Qld
2008 Townsville Open Art Award, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville Qld
Norvill Art Prize, RSL Gallery, Murrurundi NSW
John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Vic
Mortimore Art Prize, Sydney, Canberra & regional NSW
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney NSW
Stanthorpe Art Prize, Weeroona Park, Stanthorpe Qld
35th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
2007 Duke Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Qld
Mortimore Art Prize, Sydney, Canberra & regional NSW
Sydney Art Fair, Sydney NSW
Macarthur Cook Art Award, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne Vic
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Crown Towers Vic
Art Melbourne, The Exhibition Building, Melbourne Vic
2x22, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick Vic
2006 ANL Maritime Art Prize, Seafarers Mission, Melbourne Vic
Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés, Crown Towers Vic
1992 Roar II, Fitzroy Vic
1989 Art Gallery of South Australian Touring Exhibition
1988 Illustration Now, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide

Press

2016 Hellow [web page, Mexico], Esculturas clásicas en nuestros tiempos,
Valeria Victoria Soria, 12 September 2016
Give It Mouth [web magazine, Australia], How artist Matthew Quick makes it matter, Dr Naomi Stekelenburg, 6 September 2016
Blisss [magazine, USA] Moments of Clarity, Issue #109, September 2016
So Bad So Good [web page], Playful Portraits Greek God And Heroes Will Make You Laugh, 2 September 2016
Ufunk [webzine], Monumental Nobodies – When Greek statues are victims of anachronism, 31 August 2016
The Age [newspaper] Icons fall to a Quick revision of history,
Hannah Francis, Page 10, 17 August 2016
The Sydney Morning Herald [newspaper] Matthew Quick updates historic monuments for the Instagram age, Hannah Francis, 17 August 2016
Booooooom [web page], 4 August 2016
Plastik [magazine, Lebanon], Turning History On Its Head, Peter Speetjens, Volume 28, Spring 2016
Wow x Wow [web magazine] Moments of Clarity, 21 June 2016
The Arts Show [Radio Program], 8 March 2016
art-sheep [web magazine] Monumental Nobodies: Famous Sculptures Get A Modern Makeover, Anna Randel
2015 Daily Telegraph [newspaper, Australia] Quick and the dead - artists paints historical figures with cheeky twist, Elizabeth Fortesque, 11 November 2015
Australian Financial Review Weekend [magazine, Asutralia] Monumental As Anything, Helen O’Neil, November 7, 2015, Page 48-49
Mosman Daily [newspaper] Nude woman checking her Facebook posted as contender for Mosman Art Prize, Kate Crawford, July 21, 2015
Design Taxi [web magazine, Singapore] Humorous Illustrations Imagine Historical Statues In Funny Modern Situations, April 2015
Etoday [web magazine, Russia] Matthew Quick’s Monumental Nobody, April 2015
Dailybest [web magazine, Italy] Un artista australiano ha trasformato queste statue in monumenti alla vita di tutti i giorni, April 2015
Eslamoda [web magazine, Spain] 7 Divertidas Ilustraciones Que Reimaginan A Las Estatuas Históricas En Situaciones Incómodas, May 2015
Estetica Italia [magazine, Italy] La Visione di Matthew, May 2015, Page 37
Made In Shoreditch Magazine [web magazine, UK] Matthew Quick painting series:
Monumental Nobodies, April 2015
You and Saturation [web magazine] Mocking Historical Statues, April 2015
Creative Boom [web magazine, UK] Classical sculptures modernised to reflect our preoccupations and the current trends, April 2015
Elsafari [web magazine] Monumental Nobodies de Matthew Quick, April 2015
Faith Is Torment [web magazine] Monumental Nobodies: Paintings by Matthew Quick, April 2015
Empty Magazine Annual 02, Matthew Quick, April 2015,
Neon Magazine, [magazine, Germany], April 2015
The Nonprofit Quarterly [magazine, USA], Cover, Volume 22, Issue 1, Spring 2015
Art Ctualite [web page] Matthew Quick: Voyage au bout de l’humour, March 28 2015
Be-Street [web page] Monumental Nobodies, March 19 2015
The Re:Art [web page] Monumental Nobodies, February 2015
2014 Athenna [web page] Award-winning artist Matthew Quick known for conceptual realism, 11 Sept 2014
Eye Spired [web page, Dutch] Klassieke beelden met een twist (Classic Images With A Twist, Sept 2014
WhiteZine [web page] Matthew Quick – Monumental nobodies, 10 Sept 2014
Idea Fixa [web page, Portugal] The new wave of classic, 9 Sept 2014
ufunk [web page] Object of Beauty – When an artist has fun with classical sculpture, 7 Sept 2014
ArtNau [web page], 5 Sept 2013
stupiddope [web page] The New Works Of Matthew Quick, 5 Sept 2014
Mash Kulture [web page] New Works From Matthew Quick, 5 Sept 2014
Design Collector [web page] Matthew Quick Art, 3 Sept 2014
EToday [web page] Artists Matthew Quick, 17 Feb 201
2013 Hi Fructose [Magazine and web magazine] Paintings of Monuments with the Mundane by Matthew Quick, 19 Dec 2013
Design Faves [web page] Politically Provocative Paintings by Matthew Quick, 4 Dec 2013
Trend Hunter pop culture [web page] Satirical Classical Statues, 28 Nov 2013
Juxtapoz [web page], Paintings By Matthew Quick, 22 Nov 2013
Booooooom [web page], 19 Nov 2013
ArtQrave [web page], The Empire Series-Oil Paintings By Matthew Quick, 15 Nov 2013
Supersonic Electronic [web page], 14 Nov 2013
Mash Kulture [web page], 14 Nov 2013
Ignant [web page], Accidental Empires, 7 Nov 2013
Lawson-Menzies Australian & International Art Catalogue
3008 Docklands Magazine, The 2013 Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Pg 3, June 2013
2012 Illusion [web page], A Complicated Life, http://illusion.scene360.com/news-community/a-complicated-life/
The Age, Mon March 5, “Fraser puts himself in the artistic frame” Page 20
Lawson-Menzies Australian & International Art Catalogue
2011 Dark Silence In Suburbia [web page], 14 July 2011.
Interiorzine [web page], Conspiracy Theories, 30 June 2011
Lawson-Menzies Australian & International Art Catalogue x 2 editions
2010 BRW, November 28. “Niche But Nice” Page 65
2009 The Age, Friday July 3. EG Section. Page 3
Herald Sun, Tuesday June 16. Page 36
2008 Antiques & Art, April Issue. Pages 8-9
The Independent, Tuesday January 22. Page 62
2007 Dubbo Photo News, 17 September. “Pure Audacity”
The Sunday Age, Sunday May 27, Page 24
2006 Herald Sun, Wednesday July 5. Page 69

100cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil Paint
$12,500