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Matt Dutton: Feature Artist

Matt Dutton: Feature Artist

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When:

  • Mon 26 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 27 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 28 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Where:

Zimmerman Art Gallery, 329 Main Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Matt Dutton has drawn and painted all his life.

Growing up in the Manchester area, Matt had access to a range of art galleries from a young age. “I can remember days spent at the Whitworth Art Gallery, which houses work by such masters as Constable, Gainsborough, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Klee.” While Matt’s favourite works are those of Chagall, he also draws inspiration from Willi Sitte's portrait work and Banksy's social commentary.

Matt’s own work exhibits a range of techniques; from palette-knife impasto work to multi-layered stencilling. The subjects of Matt’s works are varied, with three key examples currently on display at Zimmerman.

The “Jay Walking” series presents us with a series of Palmerston North City street scenes. Familiar scenes are presented to us in a fresh new ways – these are not idyllic views painted al fresco on the footpath, but are cleverly captured views as if seen from a windscreen, glimpsed while crossing the street, or viewed from the window of a multi-storey building.

The artist’s “Knowledge” paintings place less emphasis on the subject of the painting - the subject is almost an after-thought, as the work is essentially process-driven. Affectionately dubbed by the artist as his “recycled” paintings, new images restore life to previously abandoned or completed works.

Matt’s repertoire also includes a strong portrait practice - and it is this aspect of his practice for which the artist has perhaps become best known. Images of the artist’s friends and acquaintances gaze out at us, patches of olive, tangerine and ochre blending to create portraits both recognisable yet unashamedly painterly.

This, then, is the gift the artist gives to us: the ability to view the old and familiar in fresh and interesting new ways.

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