Artists » Clare Matthews
Phone: 233 2275
As an emerging artist, Clare Matthews has been painting for five years. A sellout exhibition in 2008 at Pataka, a local gallery and museum, encouraged her to pursue a career in art full time. Although largely self taught, she has studied under acclaimed New Zealand artist Jane Kellahan and art tutor Ian Hulston.
Her earlier naiive style in flambuoyant acrylics has more recently expanded to include the richness and flexibility of oils and other media such as collage. Much of her current work is in mixed media, layered to create detail and depth. A strong passion for colour continues to influence all of her work.
Her parents travelled overland from the UK to New Zealand in 1965, collecting many artefacts and treasures from the Middle East along the way, and this is the inspiration behind her current body of work.
Although this work is a blend of partially abstracted images and icons, her love for and exploration of purely abstract artwork continues to evolve as her painting career progresses.
She has committed herself to a full time career in art and is constantly seeking ways to improve her technique and understanding of what makes great artwork.
2010 Original Art Sale, Auckland
2010 New Zealand Art Show,Wellington, 2010 Manawatu Art Sale
2009 New Zealand Affordable Art Show,Wellington
2009 Ohariu Valley group exhibition
2009 Big Day Art,Porirua,group exhibition
2009 Manawatu Art Sale
2008 Bottle Creek Gallery,Pataka Group Exhibition
2008 Big Day Art,Porirua, 2008 New Zealand Affordable Art Show, Wellington