Curiosity: 5 Artists / 5 Artworks / 5 Tools 2016 - February

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” Walt Disney

Through the bringing together of notes and one tool from the studio alongside an artwork, the curiosity series presents a unique opportunity for us to get a glimpse of the thoughts, processes and outcomes of five New Zealand artists.

February - Matthew Dowman

Known for his vibrant and complex large-scale works, Auckland artist Matt Dowman blends a freewheeling expressive abstraction with figurative elements that reference popular culture in an edgy streetwise mash-up.

Dowman is interested in ideas that reference utopian narratives of the perfect world and attaining or reaching a higher existence. By pairing graffiti based techniques and imagery with a more formal painterly approach he makes connections to issues of status, value and aestheticism.

Dowman's work is collected nationally and internationally and has been exhibited throughout New Zealand as well as Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin and Vienna. He has received a number of awards including a merit award in the Molly Morpeth Canady Awards – Painting and Drawing and the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award.

This presentation has been generously supported by the artist and Antoinette Godkin Art House (Auckland).

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