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Matthew Couper Artist Presentation


Matthew Couper is an Aotearoa / New Zealand-born artist based in the USA. His art uses aspects of western art history, starting at the internationalization of the Baroque movement. Through these painterly investigations, he discovered that history often repeats and helped determine links between the ‘then’ and ‘now’. Couper uses the established narrative traditions of art to discuss the space between religion, politics and environmental issues. Huffington Post art critic John Seed referred to Couper as an "artist with a Kafkaesque view of the world" whose imagery suggests "a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil”

Couper graduated with a Fine Arts degree in New Zealand in 1998. In 2003, he was awarded a Royal Over-Seas League International Scholarship to work and travel in the UK. He returned in the following year to exhibit at Jerwood Gallery, London and to continue traveling in Europe. He held his first public gallery solo exhibition with published monograph, The Museum Of Inherent Vice at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, after receiving a nine-month residency at the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence programme in 2007. His exhibition ‘Thirty-Three’ (with gallery publication) toured several New Zealand public art galleries and museums between 2011 and 2014. Recently, Couper has attended art residencies at Arquetopia, Puebla City, Mexico; Idem Paris Lithography Print Studio and Manoir du Bonhere, Normandie, France. His work was featured in a large State-wide survey exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in 2016 and 2017. He is currently Artist in Residence at aeolian acres / Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado, USA. 

His work is represented in the USA by La Luz De Jesus Gallery; Los Angeles, CA and Room Artspace, Brooklyn, NY. In France at Galerie Gimpel et Muller / Espace Delire, Paris; in New Zealand at PAULNACHE, Gisborne and Paper-Works, Napier.

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