2019 EXHIBITION

Thurs Aug 15th – Sun Aug 18th, 2019

Private Thoughts #9 by Matthew Petrucci

ARTIST NOTES: None

Features

DIMENSIONS (Height - 122.00 cm X Width - 117.00 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Oil on Canvas
GENRE Contemporary
REGISTERED NRN # 000-1434-0178-01
COPYRIGHT © Matthew Petrucci
PRIZES AND AWARDS The Bayside Art Show 2016 - Best Contemporary Painting
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Artist: Matthew Petrucci



ARTIST BIO

SHORT BIOGRAPHY                                                                                  MATTHEW PETRUCCI

Matthew Petrucci is a figurative painter.

He commenced ‘full-time’ painting, in 2011, after retiring from three decades in education. However, his formative art training began, a little earlier, in 2005, with traditional tonalist painter, Fiona Bilbrough (a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society), and impressionist landscape painter, John Bredl, in 2007. This followed a short stint with contemporary art tutor, Kerry Ann Sullivan, in 2013. Oil paint is his preferred medium.

Whilst Matthew’s initial art education began with traditional and impressionist influences, a restless desire to strike away from the well-worn painting formulas he was taught, and to do his ‘own thing’, beckoned. A trip to New York, in 2014, to see the works of the American Abstract expressionist painters (past and current) was an epiphanic episode that would profoundly change the way he viewed artwork; he was rewired for a change. It was the beginning of his new creative trajectory into figurative painting; culminating in the creation of his current series of work, broadly entitled ‘Private Thoughts’.

A love for painting the human figure and landscapes, lead to a marriage of the two, but in a more contemporary context. Matthew’s current work dramatically depicts moody gestural figures, set against colourful non-representational backgrounds. He explores the morphology of the gestural figure to create a sense of longing and loneliness in his paintings. Loneliness in a good sense; as in solitude, or as in a need to transform oneself. His faceless figures, with their unhewn features, and brewing sense of drama and emotional intensity, seem to deepen their mystery and intrigue. The bold use of colour, suggests varying emotional states and moods that contribute to his work’s overall gravity! This basic design approach, lends visual dynamics to Matthew’s, simple but profound compositions, setting up psychologically charged narratives. The figures, could be perceived metaphorically as self-portraits of the artist or of the viewer!

In 2015, Matthew exhibited works from his current series, ‘Private Thoughts’, for the first time, winning ‘Best Painting’ in his price category (St Kevin’s College Art Show), and a ‘Highly Commended’ at the Camberwell Art Show. In 2016, he was awarded ‘Best Contemporary Painting’ at the Bayside Art Show, and in 2017, received the ‘Best Contemporary Painting’ award, at the Grand Art Show (Berwick). His works are in private collections in Australia and overseas.

For more profile information, go to www.mpetrucci.com