Pure Voyeurism, 2009
Matthew Quick (born 1967)
oil on linen
100 x 100cm
signed lower right
Provenance: Delshan Gallery, Melbourne
0419 540 162
Matthew Quick's works usually consist of thematically and stylistically linked series. ‘Pure Voyeurism’, 2009 is one of the paintings in his 'Pure’ series painted between 2008-12. Picturing a series of inanimate objects against cloud-filled skyscapes, the 46 paintings in the series employ an intensive process of applying layers of glazes to build up colour, reminiscent of the Old Masters. On the surface the paintings could be seen as just moody skies…but to dismiss them so would be to miss the point: while the clouds provide each painting with a grounding in reality - their main purpose is to provide a linking backdrop against which a complex foreground dramas unfolds.
With his paintings the titles are as important as the works themselves, as they alert the viewer to the fact that they are not witnessing merely a scene, but that each is a quirky metaphor. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering an opening to an array of stories the viewer is invited to create.
Matthew Quick was born in Adelaide and studied at the University of South Australia, completing a Bachelor of Design. He has had 14 solo and more than 70 group shows. In the last few years he has either won, or been selected as a finalist in, more than 70 major national art awards, including the Doug Moran Prize and the Archibald, Wynn & Sulman Prizes, the latter administered by the Art Gallery of NSW. He was featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists. His work is in the collections of the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in NSW (permanent) and private collections throughout the world.