EMERG­ING TAL­ENT IN THE FRAME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Su­sanne Reilly

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Artist Matthew McAlpine’s work DarkHeartoftheLand has been ac­quired by the City of South Perth.

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