Happy to announce my painting Performance Review is a finalist in this year's Stanthorpe Art Prize.
Here's a little about the picture:
When you strip away the pomp and palaces, being a King is just a job. A kind of CEO if you like. Albeit one awarded at conception. And like all jobs, periodically a performance reviews is required. (different however, is that historically many of these involved violence, revolution, severed heads).
Louis XIV had this job. And he made some questionable business decisions. Like moving the entire Court from the Louvre to Versailles, thereby severing any semblance of connection to the actual people of France. Reckless and indulgent to the end, his successors bore the responsibilty of mopping up his mess.
Maybe it was because he got the job by birth rather than talent, but needless to say it didn’t go well. And when the time came for his performance review, the report concluded with his beheading.
They didn’t really go for the whole three warnings shtick back then.
It has been such a pleasure that for the past three weeks I've had the honour of being Artist in Residence at the exclusive Geelong Grammar School.
Talking to the kids, and showing by example an artist's life and work practice has been a privilege and honour.
How does music respond to art that responds to our environment? This one-hour special event explores the crisis of the trash vortex in our oceans through sound, image and the devastating cuteness of rubber ducks.
On May 31 at the Seymour Centre, Katy Abbott's symphony based on my original concepts and paintings is co-presented by Vivid Sydney with Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney’s public program.
Thrilled to have one of my most important paintings, Utmost Respect, selected for the inaugural Vincent Art Prize alongside fellow Nanda/Hobbs artists James Drinkwater and Paul Ryan.
Run by Artvango and judged by painter Alan Jones, the prize opened earlier this evening at duckrabbit, 138 Little Eveleigh Street, Chippendale Sydney.
Image: Matthew Quick \ Utmost Respect \ 2016 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm
One of my all time favourite paintings is showing as part of 222 Rosslyn – a new creative space launching in West Melbourne.
Opening tonight from 6, the inaugural exhibition “Shifting Space” is a multidisciplinary show curated by Kane Alexander.
Exhibiting artists and creators:
Kane Alexander, Tom Adair, @joseph_flynnski, @jeremyblincoe , Amie Anderson, Brendan Coghlan, Jan Berg, Toby Pola, @kimkimkimxx , Isabelle de Kleine, Sarah Berners, Tré Koch, and XXFLOS.
Join us this evening with celebratory drinks kindly supported by Leconfield Wines and Four Pillars Gin with a one of a kind DJ set by Shanti Lane!
Best speaker today at the Art Academy, https://www.artacademy.com.au run by the extraordinary Robin Eley. I thoroughly enjoyed talking techniques and concepts on this second day of the five day workshop.
On at Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, is FOCAL POINT: NEW REALIST PAINTING featuring Robin Eley, Tony Lloyd, Shannon Smiley, Camilla Tadich, Ben Howe and myself.
Maligned for so long, realist painting is experiencing something of a resurgence these days - for two reasons I believe; these works are not simply pictures for the sake of it, but they tell stories.
And remarkably, this group of extraordinary painters attained their level of technical prowess independently of one another yet simultaneously. Is there something in the water? Or part of the zeitgeist?
The show is from 10 May to 26 May 2018.
Up on the big screen for the next month in Perth's cultural precinct. Situated between the State Art Gallery, Museum and Library, Lightbox 18 is part of the Fringe World Festival Program which showcases the artists from around the world.
Thank you Pascale Giorgi, Screen Curator, Perth Cultural Centre Screen for curating me into this program.
Thrilled to have an article in the Huffington Post. Thank you Deianira and Audra for making it happen.
Lovely article about my work in D-Railed magazine. Thank you. http://www.drailedmag.com/2017/11/16/matthew-quicks-monumental-nobodies-investigates-human-follies-throughout-history/
My next solo show "Bling" launches soon at Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary in Sydney in their awesome new gallery space just around the corner from White Rabbit Gallery.
Pictured here is Grandfather's Axe.
The opening night is Thursday 16 November at Nanda/Hobbs, 12-14 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008.
You should come. Drink. Talk. Maybe even look at some art...
To address what I felt was a gender imbalance in my Monumental Nobodies series where I (unconsciously) favoured male statues, the last 14 paintings featured female subjects. As the original subjects are classical statues, many of them are actually naked. Maybe this is sexism. Maybe sensuality. But conceptually, I certainly was not being gratuitous. All the nudes that appear in this series have been chosen to make specific points.
Conveniently, this also mean I had a picture suitable to enter this prize, the theme of which was The Naked & Nude.
Very happy to have been selected as a finalist with my picture Behind The Curtain.
And Im in with some spectacular company; Peter Churcher, Dagmar Cyrulla, Prudence Flint, James Guppy, Stewart MacFarlane, Nick Mourtzakis, Sally Ryan, Michael Simms and fellow Nanda Hobbs stablemate, Gria Shead.
Sydney Morning Herald Art Critic John McDonald, is judging this prestigious prize, and it will be on show at the Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW from September 2, 2017
The Witching Hour been selected as a finalists for The Nillumbik Prize 2017. Celebrating contemporary works of excellence, it will be on dispay at Montsalvat in the Barn Gallery from 1 June - 30 July
I am honoured to announce that the painting Unicornettto has been selected by the jury as a finalist in the 2017 Calleen Art Award. This is the fifth time I have be so fortunate and privileged to have been selected for this prize.
It will be on exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery at 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW from Sunday 7 May until Sunday 18 June.
I'm honoured to be selected as one of the finalists in the North Sydney Art Prize 2017, with the painting The Clarity of Hindsight.
Its on from 11-26 March 2017 at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton NSW
The Opening and award ceremony is at 2pm on Saturday 11 March and there is a public program of artist talks and workshops on Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March
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.