Bluethumb Art prize

Perhaps my favourite paintings of the whole Monumental Nobodies series, Home of the Free, has been selected as one of the 30 finalists in the $10,000 Bluethumb Art Prize. It will be exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery at 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne from 20 January - 29 January 

With 1140 artists submitting exclusive originals, this new prize is bigger than the Archibald. The exhibition was selected by an eclectic judging panel of 12 industry experts, including Penny Griggs, General Manager of SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival); June Mills, Indigenous music star, visual artist and traditional owner of Larrakia land; and qualified art curator (and Real Housewives of Melbourne star) Gina Liano.

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Fishers Ghost Art Prize

The painting The Last Lap has been selected as a finalist for the $20,000 2016 Fishers Ghost Art Prize. 

Previous recipients of the prize include Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen. 

This will be the first time this picture has been exhibited in New South Wales, where I most regularly show. So if you are interested to see it in person, make your way to the Campbelltown Arts Centre from 29 October until 15 December.

Limited Edition Prints at The Store by Fairfax

I am honoured to have my limited edition prints included in The Store by Fairfax, the new destination for showcasing Australia's creative talents. Its such an honour to be included alongside some of my artistic heroes such as Michael Leunig, Julian Meagher, Luke Cornish, Tim Storrier, Robert Doble, Matt Adnate and some bloke called Degas. 

Backed by Fairfax Media, the parent behind The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Financial Review, this is the new destination for the best the country has to offer. Cheers, Alex McCulloch, for curating me into this elite selection. 

https://www.thestore.com.au/pure-freedom

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Making it matter!

A recent interview with Give It Mouth. 

Give It Mouth is a platform dedicated to spreading the ideas of those making a difference. They subscribe to the (kinda radical) philosophy that creative thinkers can balance artfulness and commercial reality. And give it a voice. Or as they put it; give it mouth. 

In the course of our interview, Dr Naomi Skeletonburg examined the phycology behind the process and uncovered some surprising parallels between my crashing a paraglider into a forest and life as a creative. 

“Tell us your name! … once more … give it mouth!” 
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

http://giveitmouth.com/artist-matthew-quick-makes-matter/

Zupi.

A webzine from Brazil. A translation from journalist Mylena Fontes is: The Australian artist Matthew Quick works mainly with classic painting, using very well the oil on canvas technique. Matthew plays with the image and aesthetic of classical sculptures. In this series he exposes a super contemporary theme with humor and criticism, where the statues are "victims" of an anachronism, a chronological inconsistency.

Source: http://www.zupi.com.br/estatuas-gregas-em-...