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.
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.
"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.
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.
'Decanter Bay, Banks Peninsula', 2010.
I have a book in which I record the details of every piece I have done since my last year of art school and this is the 400th oil piece.
'Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina', 2009.
Just finished this, the last of the original ten South America pieces I had planned to do. Looking back through my drawings though I can see some more in the future, but I need to move on through some of the other backlog first.
'Los Torres, Chile', 2009.
This picture was taken in the shadows outside so the colour is a little washed out. A lot of the sights I had seen during the Africa/South America trip had been compromised by the weather and fog and Torres del Paine was one of the last places I had planned to see before going home. I was determined not to miss out after other disappointments (and planning for eighteen months to get there) so I sat huddled under a rock for around eight hours, through a freezing blizzard, to get the classic photo. The sky only cleared around fifteen minutes before I had to leave for good and although I was eventually rewarded for my persistence(stubborness), a week later I learned that somebody had died doing the exact same thing.
'Macchu Picchu, Peru #2', 2009.
Second attempt at this piece, simplified and a little more stylised than the first one.
'Kaitoke Road Stop, Wanganui'. 1999.
An example of the looser style of painting from the Wanganui years, pieces like this would take me half an hour as opposed to the eight to ten they do now.
'Vaxholm, Sweden', 2005.
This image is from a day trip out of Stockholm through an amazing archipelago of thousands of tiny rocky islands.
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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