New paintings This month
Three new paintings from the recent school holidays. The one of Cambodia is the last in my series from a past trip to the region. The two of Laos are the first to be painted following my recent trip there.
WATERCOLOUR AS A PROCESS
'Wanganui River View', 1998. Watercolour.
I have had times were I have been very fond of watercolour, mainly as a way of sorting out colour before starting a piece in oil. I have also produced many watercolours for the fun of it, the process being more relaxing and less taxing than oil painting. I have many old sketchbooks full of pictures like this but I haven't really indulged of late.
'Portrait of Monet', Acrylic Paint on Paper, 2002.
Found this from a few years ago, an impromptu exercise in not using naturalistic colours with a student.
EXHIBITION OPENING - WALL CANDY
I am having a show with Stephen Luther at Suite Gallery in Newtown. The show is open from Wednesday the 1st until the 11th of June but the opening function will be on the first Friday night, the 3rd. The work I'm showing is a selection of work from the last three years but there are a couple of older pieces there too.
DABBLING IN LINOCUT
This is a piece of lino which I am going to do a little printing with, the skull based on a drawing I did last year. I haven't done any printmaking since my first year of art school nearly sixteen years ago
EXHIBITION OPENING - TRAVELS
'West Coast Rocks', Crayon on Paper, 2001.
An image from an old sketchbook and a road trip around the South Island nearly ten years ago.
WHAT I GOT UP TO AS A KID
'F-14 Tomcat', Pencil and Pen on Paper, 1987.
I found this in an old book of stories today. Fuelled by repeated viewings of 'Top Gun', I would write and illustrate my own war stories to entertain my eleven year old self.
DUG OUT SOME OLD SLIDES...
"Waitakere View', 1998.
I found some old and worn slides from art school and have had them put into digital form. The original photo's aren't the best but they give an idea of what my first landscapes were like.
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MOWHANAU
Mowhanau Beach is a fifteen minute drive north of Wanganui where two small rivers flow into the sea beside small cliffs. It was a place that featured often in my work during my last year of art school. This image is from an old slide.
Based in Wellington, NZ, Matthew Summers is an artist and art teacher. His main focus is painting abstract oil landscapes of places he has travelled but he occasionally dabbles in new things. He can be contacted by email for more information or to enquire about purchasing his work.
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