|Artist Name:||Rick Matear|
|Usual Style:||Contemporary Realist|
Known for his interpretations of the Mornington Peninsula, Rick Matear currently lives and works in Melbourne. His loves are painting, his family, gardening, and teaching art. A keen bike rider, Rick rides to and from work and enjoys the peace and private time that this provides. He also takes the time to hand craft his stretchers from recycled wood.
Rick has travelled extensively, enjoying painting trips to Europe in 1982 and 1994. In late 2007, he proudly held a joint exhibition at the Collins Street Gallery with his daughter, Marisa showcasing a selection of paintings done in Venice.
He has a strong interest in maintaining the unique qualities and historical significance of the Abbotsford Convent area, where he has a studio. Over the last year Rick has been painting the surrounding area and will be exhibiting these paintings at the Abbotsford Convent, on October 10th.
Influences and Inspiration
Rick is influenced by artists such as Lin Onus, Picasso and Matisse, artist's who looked to surrounding cultures, to see the world from another point of view. He views his paintings as both realistic and primitive, forming a cultural bridge.
Graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1981.
Awarded the Sara Levi Scholarship in 1982.
Over the past 30 years, Rick has held numerous Solo & Group Exhibitions both in Australia and overseas.
Von Bibra Gallery, Armadale, Melbourne.
Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
Libby Edwards, Armadale, Melbourne.
Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne.
Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide.
Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza.
Kinross House, Toorak.
St Heliers Street Gallery.
Metropolis Gallery, Geelong.
Manyung Gallery Group.
Art Work in Private Collections:
Maribyrnong City Council.
Awards & Achievements Include:
Sara Levi Scholarship in 1982.
Max & Ruth Barry Art Prize Albury 2006.
Rick has been teaching individual and group classes for more than 15 years for beginners to advanced students.
He currently holds classes for both drawing & painting classes in oils or acrylics.
The Abbotsford Convent, Room C2.22.2,
1 Saint Heliers Street,
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
Tuesday evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Cost $300 for a 6 week term. (an additional fee of $100 for acrylic paint if studio provided).
Flexibility of commencement date.
Large open style studio.
Small class size - up to 6 students.
Contact the Artist
0412 009 746