Rapahoe, oil on board, 210mm x 195mm, 2001
Matthew Summers: new paintings
Idiom Studio, 25 July 11 August, 2002
"Probably the most important tool for my painting has been my car," says Wellington artist Matt Summers. "In the last year Ive been to a lot of places in New Zealand I hadnt seen before."
The results exceptionally vibrant landscapes of the Wellington region, Coromandel, Tauranga and the West Coast - are on show at Wellingtons Idiom Studio until 11 August. Their rich colours are mixed from just five different tubes yellow, red, two blues and white and applied thickly to create intense, vivid scenes on a small scale.
"I like working at this scale," Matt says. "I find it a lot more intimate. Smaller work draws you in - you have to go close to have a look at it, and it gives a more personal interpretation of the place."
Matt been painting and exhibiting steadily since leaving Wanganuis Quay School of the Arts in 1999, and his highly distinctive work has appeared in a variety of settings.
This year Matt has also been training as a secondary school art teacher. Some of the works in his exhibition derive from telling his classes about the Fauvists, the wild European colourists of a century ago. "One of the reasons I enjoy teaching so much is that Im learning through it myself."