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 mantaining 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.
“My work is produced without the use of performance enhancing drugs, apart from an occasional chocolate and glass of beer at night.” says Rick.
“The natural world, its beauty and the interaction between people and the built form provide constant inspiration for me. Many of my paintings are from the coast or from travel. By painting I try to transport the viewer to that warm sunny day spent lying on the beach or playing in the surf with friends, that one remembers in a dreamy haze of fragmented colour and shape. My images are calm, and sensitive. Walking in long grasses, soft breezes gently brushing past. This is also reflected in how I use a paint brush. Varied strokes on the canvas that unfold and tell a story that the viewer can enter. The 2016 exhibition ‘Water on the other side’ was influenced by artists such as Margaret Olley, Edward Manet and David Hockney. The subjects come from near Point King in Sorrento. Painting water, sky and objects at different times of the day”. — Rick Matear
Rick Matear was born in 1960 and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1981, during which time he was awarded the Sara Levi Scholarship.
Rick has had a strong and successful career of painting spanning over 35 years. Usually exhibiting twice a year, Rick has enjoyed exhibitions in Melbourne, South Australia, Canberra and Internationally, London.
He has completed residencies in Turtle Island, Venice, Grimaud and in Antibes and has recently been invited to exhibit in London, Zurich and the South of France.
Rick is well known for his interpretations of the Mornington Peninsula and his ability to capture the reflection of light on water.
Name: Rick Matear
Location: Lives in Melbourne and works at The Abbotsford Convent
Education: Graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1981. Was awarded the Sara Levi Scholarship in 1982
Exhibitions: Von Bibra Gallery, Armadale, Melbourne Chapman Gallery, Canberra Libby Edwards, Armadale, Melbourne Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide Catanachs, Melbourne C3 Aboutsford Convent Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza Kinross House, Toorak St Heliers Street Gallery Sorrento Gallery Metropolis Gallery, Geelong Manyung Gallery Group Australian Galleries
Individual exhibitions: One to two oneman exhibtions per year for the last 25 years at the above galleries.
Selected group exhibitions: Many group exhibitions at selected galleries. Affordable Art Fair
Awards: Sara Levi Scholarship in 1982. Max & Ruth Barry Art Prize Albury 2006.
Public Collections: Maribyrnong City Council
Commissions: Many Commissions for the past 30 years
Artist-in-Residencies: Turtle Island, Fiji. in 2000
Artist Talks: C3 Gallery Abbotsford Convent
Speaking Engagements: St Catherine’s School Toorak Glamorgan Toorak