16 AUGUST - 10 SEPTEMBER
EXHIBITION DRINKS: WED, 17 AUG, 6-8 PM
An exhibition of recent paintings by Matthew Quick.
Metro Gallery is pleased to present Confetti in a Storm, an exhibition of recent paintings and installation-based works by Matthew Quick.
The exhibition features paintings from three of the major series within Matthew’s artistic investigations: Pure, Monumental Nobodies, and Mirror Electric.The major leitmotif of the current iteration of each of the series illustratesMatthew’s focus on the human condition, climate change, corporate greed, and our altered relationship with the surrounding environment through social media and the use of mobile devices.
Upon graduating from the arts faculty at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and while continuing his art practice, Matthew also embarked on a multi-faceted career as a creative director, advertising agent, university lecturer, photographer, salesman, copyrighter, and published author and novelist. His varied engagements took him around the world and enriching him, via osmosis, through a crash course on socio-political education of theAsia-Pacific region, and in particular Singapore and Malaysia, where the artist had lived and worked for a prolonged period of time. His extensive travels toIndia, China, Burma, Russia, Bolivia, Nepal, and Chile exposed him to further political regimes and social upheavals, enriching the narrative programme of his imaginative, erudite, and socially engaged paintings.
The eight paintings from Pure series are united by the romanticised background of spectacular cloudscapes, worthy of the creations of such nineteenth-century British masters as Turner and Constable. Featuring masterful chiaroscuro, subtle tonal shifts, and inner luminosity, they provide the background to the social commentary and political satire, commenting on the current issues as well as giving an insight into the dystopian future. Pure Competition and Pure Control question the space race spendings; Pure Responsibility and Pure Liberation focus on the corporate greed; while Pure Speculation, with the bloating light house, provides a glimpse into the dystopian future of risen ocean levels.
Six paintings from Monumental Nobodies series were inspired initially by the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad in 2003. Each of the paintings is based on an actual statue or a celebrated monument, which, at the time of its creation, from the Roman Empire to the present day, was meant to encapsulate the hopes and dreams of the empires past and present. Matthew’s erudite take reinterprets the statues through the revisionist lenses of the present day-notions of gender, masculinities, and nationalism.
Last but not least, the exhibition includes four works from Matthew’s immensely popular Mirror Electric series. Painted by Matthew on mirrored aluminium, they comment on our engagement with works of art through mobile phone devices. The mirrored surfaces confront the viewer with an ‘instant selfie’,while the ironic reference to the ubiquitous filters inspire Matthew’s erudite, hash-tagged titles.
Matthew Quick has been painting and exhibiting professionally since the late 1980s, predominantly in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Shenzen in China. Since the middle of 2000s, he has either won or was selected 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. His works reside in notable public, corporate and private collections across Australia and overseas.
Pure Responsibility, 2022
Oil on Italian Linen
130 x 130 cm
Matthew always painted but managed to distract himself with a few alternative careers. He’s worked as a designer, art-director, lecturer & writer, with his first novel short-listed for the Vogel Literature Award. He’s lived in Australia, Europe and Asia, including several months encamped beneath a grand piano. He’s 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 paraglider into a forest was also something of a highlight. Featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists, in the past few years Matthew’s won, or been a finalist for, 70 national juried art awards. He’s had 18 solo and more than 80 group shows.