Friday, June 29, 2012

congrats Matthew

congratulations to Matthew Butterworth, current exhibitor in Gallery 1, and recently announced semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Matt has been a finalist previously, in 2011 his work was singled out as one of the stronger pieces in a review in the Australian newspaper by Christopher Allen.

Matthew Butterworth's portrait of his wife, although the actual pose is no doubt based on a photograph, is informed with enough knowledge of the subject and sympathetic engagement to make it arresting; its small scale adds to the impression of intensity that he succeeds in evoking.

his entry this year was a powerfully evocative work titled, Tyrannosaurus (The Artists Father), the subject's gaze slipping between threatening and vulnerable, and rendered with brilliant painterly skill - as you'd expect.

well done Matt!

Matthew Butterworth, Tyrannosaurus (The Artists Father) - Doug Moran Portrait Prize Finalist