Matthew Quick/ Matthew Quick

Australia 1967

Conceptual Art, Surrealism

www.matthewquick.com.au

Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick
Male
Australia
1967
October 16, 2014
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Matthew Quick is an Australian artist whose works usually comprise of thematically and stylistically linked series. The series Introduced Species from 2011 inspired composer Katy Abbott’s symphonic piece of the same name, and it is being performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2014, and he has collaborated with her on three of her CD covers. His painting Remedial Measures was purchased by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in New South Wales for its permanent collection after winning the Sponsor’s Prize in 2013 Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards. He has painted portraits of several prominent Australians, including actresses Sigrid Thornton and Cassandra Magrath, comedians Wil Anderson and Hamish Blake,and convicted lawyer Andrew Fraser.

Born 1967 in Adelaide, Matthew has painted since his teens but for a long time was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, cleaner, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.

Matthew had 12 solo exhibitions and his work has been included in more than 50 group shows. He is represented by Art Equity in Sydney and Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide and by others in Melbourne, London, and Singapore. His work is in the collections of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Aitken Hill Estate, and private collections throughout the world.

Matthew has been named in Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top 50 artists. In the last 5 years he has either won, or been selected as a finalist for, more than 50 major national art awards, including the Sulman Art Prize, the Mosman  Art Prize, the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, the Glover Prize, the Redland Art Award, the Paddington Art Prize, the City of Albany Art Prize, the Fisher’s Ghost Art  prize, the Blake Prize Director’s Cut, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Townsville Open Art Award, the Duke Art Prize, the John Leslie Art prize, the Churchie  and the Prometheus. He also writes fiction: his first novel was short-listed for the Vogel Literary Award.

Matthew’s paintings have been used as CD and book covers by Penguin Books & Era Publications, amongst others. Bayside City Council, Sheraton Hotels, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Mars Corporation, Marriott Hotels, Kodak, The Department of State Development, Peddle Thorpe Architect Westfield, NSW Railways, Playboy and Australia Post have purchased other works. His work has been reproduced in many magazines, books and journals including Communication Arts, Idea, Design World, Graphis & Novum. His art has received numerous awards including several MADC awards and from the prestigious “One Show” in New York.

He travels frequently, has resided variously in the UK, Portugal & Malaysia, and once lived underneath a grand piano in Greenwich. He has spent nights under stars in India, under surveillance in Burma, underground in Bolivia and under nourished in London. His scariest moment was having machine-gun shoved in his face during anti-monarchy riots in Nepal, although crashing a para-glider into a forest was also something of a highlight.

“It’s not so crazy, you know…” he says. “Elias Canetti’s mother packed him off to study in Germany during the rise of fascism so that he might have a ‘broader education. “I am already planning the next several series that will keep me busy for years – so all of this is just research!”

Matthew Quick lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Monumental NobodiesArt Equity, York St, Sydney NSWSolo
2014Kilgour PrizeNewcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle NSWGroup
2014Kennedy Art PrizeStomping Ground Studios, Stepney, SAGroup
2014Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Art PrizesArt Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSWGroup
2014EMSL AwardCoffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour and touring throughout NSWGroup
2014City of Albany Art PrizeVancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA Group
2014Percival Portrait AwardPerc Tucker Gallery, Townsville QldGroup
2014Calleen Art PrizeCowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSWGroup
2013Accidental EmpiresHill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide SASolo
2013Gold Coast Art PrizeGold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Qld Group
2013Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeJuniper Hall, Paddington, NSWGroup
2013Fisher’s Ghost Art PrizeCambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSWGroup
2013Cake Wines Archi-bottle PrizeRedfern, NSWGroup
2013EMSL AwardCoffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour and touring throughout NSWGroup
2013The Black Swan Prize for PortraiturePerth Town Hall, Perth WAGroup
2013Outback Art PrizeBroken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, NSWGroup
2013Nillinbuk Art PrizeMonsalvat, VicGroup
2013Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésHilton South Wharf, Melbourne, VicGroup
2012Pure FreedomArt Equity, Barracks Street, Sydney NSWSolo
2012Pure HopeThe Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, VicSolo
2012Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Art PrizesArt Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSWGroup
2012Fisher’s Ghost Art PrizeCambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSWGroup
2012Redland Art AwardRedland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QldGroup
2012Mortimore Art PrizeSydney, Canberra & regional NSWGroup
2012Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSWGroup
2012Glover PrizeFalls Park Hall, Evendale, TasmaniaGroup
2012Calleen Art PrizeCowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSWGroup
2012SurburbiaWyndham Art Gallery, Werribee VictoraGroup
2012Percival Portrait AwardPerc Tucker Gallery, Townsville QldGroup
2012Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésHilton South Wharf, Melb VicGroup
2012The Outback Art PrizeOutback Regional Gallery, Winton QldGroup
2011Introduced SpeciesArt Index, Kent Street, Sydney NSWSolo
2011Duke Art PrizeGold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise QldGroup
2011The Whyalla Art PrizeMiddleback Theatre, Whyalla, SAGroup
2011EMSL AwardCoffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSWGroup
2011Best of the Salon des RefusésMedia House Gallery, Melb VicGroup
2011Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésHilton South Wharf, Melb Vic Group
2010Pure ObsessionArt Index, Kent Street, Sydney NSWSolo
2010Redland Art AwardRedland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QldGroup
2010Paddington Art PrizeMenzies Art Brands Gallery, Kensington NSWGroup
2010EMSL AwardCoffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSWGroup
2010Mortimore Art PrizeDubbo, regional NSW, Sydney & Canberra ACTGroup
2010The Black Swan Prize for PortraiturePerth Town Hall, Perth WAGroup
2010Best of the Salon des RefusésMedia House Gallery, Melb VicGroup
2010Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésHilton South Wharf, Melb VicGroup
2010City of Albany Art PrizeVancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WAGroup
2009Art SydneyRoyal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSWSolo
2009The StudioArt Melbourne, Exhibition Building, Melbourne VicSolo
2009The Whyalla Art PrizeMiddleback Theatre, Whyalla, SAGroup
2009EMSL AwardCoffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSWGroup
2009The Black Swan Prize for PortraiturePerth Town Hall, Perth WAGroup
2009Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésSMART ArtZ Gallery, Melb VicGroup
2009Churchie National Art AwardMorris Hall, Brisbane QldGroup
2009Prometheus Art AwardAll Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QldGroup
2008Pure EscapismDelshan Gallery, High Street, Armidale VicSolo
2008Pure TruthFrankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston VicSolo
2008Townsville Open Art AwardPerc Tucker Gallery, Townsville QldGroup
2008Mortimore Art PrizeSt Brigids, Dubbo & Scots College, Sydney NSWGroup
2008Norvill Art PrizeRSL Gallery, Murrurundi NSWGroup
2008John Leslie Art PrizeGippsland Art Gallery, Sale VicGroup
2008Mosman Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSWGroup
2008Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésSH Erwin Gallery, Sydney NSWGroup
2008Stanthorpe Art PrizeWeeroona Park, Stanthorpe QldGroup
200835th Alice PrizeAraluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NTGroup
2007Lost SoulsDelshan Gallery, High Street, Armidale VicSolo
2007Duke Art PrizeGold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise QldGroup
2007Mortimore Art PrizeDubbo & Bathurst NSWGroup
2007Sydney Art FairSydney NSWGroup
2007Macarthur Cook Art Award45 Downstairs, Melbourne VicGroup
2007Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésCrown Towers VicGroup
2007Art MelbourneThe Exhibition Building, Melbourne VicGroup
20072x22Counihan Gallery, Brunswick VicGroup
2006Archibald Prize Salon des RefusésCrown Towers, Melbourne VicGroup
2006ANL Maritime Art PrizeSeafarers Mission, Melbourne VicGroup
2005Side Effects IncludeJiotto Gallery, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VicSolo
1992Roar IIFitzroy VicGroup
1988Young GunsAdelaide Festival Theatre, AdelaideGroup