Artist Rick Matear will be selling paintings from his delightful 'Travel' series at the Convent Made pop-up shop, and we caught up with him recently to chat about this work, his inspirations, and plans for the future.
Q. Tell us about the Travel series.
A. This group of paintings was made while traveling to Queensland and Bali last year. I was able to paint (focusing on Cezanne’s work) with a palette knife using acrylic paint on canvas. As the paint dried quickly, I could roll the painting up in between locations. The paintings are of Sorrento in Victoria, Noosa Beach, Seminyak Beach, Casa Luna Swimming Pool in Ubud, Ubud Paddies, Seminyak Beach, and Amed Beach.
Q. Can you name some of your inspirations?
Cezanne. Matisse. Derain. Monet. Ollie.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I was living on a farm taking a break from painting as my mood swings were making it difficult to do my best work. I read an article in the news about Bob Dickerson, and his sound advice gave me strength to continue painting. Bob said to work from 9-5, Monday to Friday. And if things started to go really well, to have a break and do something else. Go for a walk. Keep fit. This helped me to keep my feet on the ground. It was a code I could live by.
Q. What’s on the horizon for your studio/business over the next year?
I’m continuing to work towards an exhibition of recent work influenced by the Fauves and Cezanne. It will be at the Aegean Gallery Portsea opening 10 February 2021.
I’ll also continue running art classes at the Convent. Recently, classes have been COVID inspired and held outside (weather permitting!)
Q. What is the one thing you would most like people to know about your work?
Good question. It’s produced without drugs but art can be an addiction.