Manning Art Prize

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

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The Nillumbik Prize

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

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Calleen Art Prize

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.


North Sydney Art Prize

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

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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.

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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.


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.