Calm before

By Matt James

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 40cm by 50cm

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About the Artist

Biography

I am a Brisbane–based artist primarily interested in landscape painting and drawing. Having grown up in rural West Wales my love of the outdoors is a key driver of my work.

My paintings are based on pencil and oil sketches created in situ, from photographs, and my recollection of the location. My work represents actual places but is often constructed from memory and my impression of the environment. I am interested in exploring the shape of the landscape, the movement of clouds, the perception of distance, and the shifting of the light.

Experimentation with mark-making is important to my work – I use brushes and palette knife strokes to represent direction, movement and focus to influence how the audience views the work. Contrasts in paint texture and thickness add visual interest and allow me to move between figurative and abstract representation.

Solo Exhibitions
2022 - Where Two Worlds Meet, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2020 – 4068 & Beyond – Wild Canary, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions
2022 - Infinite Space, The Moree Gallery, NSW
2021 – A Sense of Place – Wild Canary, Brisbane
2021 – Home Turf – Graceville, Brisbane
2021 – Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award Finalist Show, Brisbane
2021 – An Easel by the Door – The Moree Gallery, NSW
2020 – Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane
2020 – Landscapes Group Show – Studio Direct Michael Reid, Sydney
2019 – Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award Finalist Show, Brisbane
2019 – Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing – QCA Project Gallery, Brisbane
2019 – En Plein Air Exhibition – Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane

Awards
Finalist & Highly Commended – 2021 Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award
Salon des Refusés Finalist – 2021 Lethbridge Landscape Prize
Finalist & Highly Commended – 2020 Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award
Finalist – 2019 Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award 20,000
Finalist – 2019 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

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