EMERGING TALENT IN THE FRAME
FINE art is what 20-year-old Matthew McAlpine does best and his talent has been recognised by the City of South Perth.
The Curtin University student was recently awarded the 2014 City of South Perth Emerging Artist Acquisitive Award, with a $4000 prize.
McAlpine said he had always loved art and decided towards the end of high school to pursue it as a career.
He described his paintings as “mainly abstract”.
“I use a lot of natural pigments and earth in the work,” he said.
“The natural pigments and earth play a role of directly referencing the land and also building up thick and textured surfaces.”
He will graduate with a major in Fine Arts at the end of the year and said he enjoyed art for many reasons.
“This includes interests in materials and how they can be manipulated, expressed, and creating something that can potentially make people think about ideas and interests,” he said.
The judges described McAlpine’s work, The Dark Heart of the Land, as a mature and perceptive painting.
“It was really amazing to win this year’s award,” McAlpine said.
“It was especially nice to know that industry professionals related to and enjoyed the painting I entered into the award.
“The prizemoney will go towards a trip I am planning to Europe next year during my oneyear break from study.
“I will be seeing the Venice Biennale while I am in Europe. It will be exciting to see current and contemporary art produced all over the world.”
McAlpine’s work will be placed in the City’s art collection.
Artist Matthew McAlpine’s work DarkHeartoftheLand has been acquired by the City of South Perth.