Laura Matthews

Laura  Matthews

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Laura Matthews
Summer Exhibition 12-31 January

The Studio Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of stunning new works by Laura Matthews, a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, London, who currently paints from her studio in Sydney. This collection showcases Laura's unique interpretation of daily life on Australian Beaches in her signature style. Her spontaneous seascapes and landscapes reflect a love of paint and bring an extreme physicality to the tradition of seascape and landscape painting. 

Official Opening 6pm January 16, 2016
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Laura Matthews was born in South Wales in 1964.
She studied at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, London University as an undergraduate and post-graduate student. During this 6-year period her work matured under the tutelage of the greatest modern British painters, amongst them Sir Lawrence Gowing and Euan Uglow. Matthews subsequently received numerous accolades, awards and travelling scholarships under this exceptional guidance. A twice recipient of the International Elizabeth Greenshield Bursary, Laura left her homeland in 2002 to immigrate with her family to Australia.

Upon arriving here Laura has continued to receive high acclaim. She has been selected three times as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture held at the SH Ervin Gallery; She has also been a finalist in the prestigious Fleurieu Peninsula Award for landscape in 2004 and in the same year a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize. In 2009 year she was selected to exhibit in the Glover award for Landscape and was highly commended by the judging panel, which included the critic John Macdonald of the SMH.

Laura’s work is represented in private collections in Europe, the U.S.A and Australia. She is included in the extensive collections of Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners, many of which were specially commissioned. Her work is also found in the Slade Collection and on the cover of The Oxford Book Of Twentieth Century English Verse chosen by Philip Larkin (Oxford University Press).


1987-1989: HDFA, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London
1983-1987: BA (Hons) Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London

2010 Finalist John Glover Prize for Tasmanian landscape
2009 Finalist John Glover Prize for Tasmanian landscape (Highly Commended)
2008 Finalist KSAP
2008 Finalist Norvil art prize, salon
2008 Finalist Kings School Art Prize
2008 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture
2006 Finalist Art on the Rocks, Sydney
2004 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture
2004 Finalist Fleurieu Biennale for Landscape Painting
2004 Finalist Paddington Fine Art Prize, Sydney
2003 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture
1992 The Elizabeth Greenshields award
1990 Boise travelling Scholarship, Italy
1989 David Bailey Travelling Scholarship, France
1989 Elected Freeman, Painters’ and Stainers’ Guild London
1987 Finalist National Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, London

Awards (continued)
1987 STA Award Finalist
1987 Cyril Sweet Award (Outstanding figurative artist)
1987 The Elizabeth Greenshields Award
1987 The Slade Award (Most promising figurative painter)
1987 Rosa Morrison Award
1987 Catherine Maude Pearce Award

Solo Exhibitions
2011 “In a new light” The Studio Gallery Yallingup
2010 “What Lies Beneath” Metro Gallery Melbourne
2009 “Roar” Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney
2009 “Diemens” Metro Gallery Melbourne
2008 “Devils Heart” Artequity Sydney
2007 Ross Hill Winery
2007 “Vistas” Artequity Sydney
2006 “Breathe” Artequity Sydney
2005 “Sky Sweep Cityscape” Artequity Sydney
2004 “Caught In the Eye” Artequity Sydney
1996 “One Woman Show” Slade Gallery London

Group Exhibitions
2011 “Viewpoint” The Studio Gallery Yallingup
2009 Glover Prize Exhibition Evandale Tasmania
2008 Five Painters Danks St Gallery Sydney
2007 “Australia Day” Sydney Morning Herald “Barbeque”
2007 Sydney Art Fair corporate art
2006 Little Bay Landcorp
2005 Affordable Art Fair Sydney
2001 Sheen Gallery London
2000 Five Painters New Grafton Gallery London
1999-2000 Royal Caribbean International Cruiseliners
1999 Highgate Fine Art London
1999 Quantum Contemporary Art London
1999 The New Grafton Gallery London
1999 Guest exhibitor New English Arts Club Pall Mall
1998-1999 Royal Caribbean Cruiseliners
1997 “A Clear Picture” Collyer Bristow
1996 “Drawing a Survey” Slade Summer Exhibition
1995 New Grafton Gallery London
1994-1996 London Contemporary Art Fair
1993-1998 New Grafton Gallery London
1992 The Heffer’s Gallery Cambridge
1991 “The Prose of Painting” Austen Desmond Gallery
1990 “New Generation” Bonhams London
1987 Abbott and Holder London

Works contained in Slade (UCL London) collection and in corporate and private collections in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia.

Recent Publications
2009 Featured Artist “The Apprentice” Channel 9
2009 Featured Artist Cyclomedica calendar 2010
2008 Featured “Catalyst” ABC television
2007 Australia Day publication Sydney Morning Herald
2006 Landcorp Little Bay promotional material
2006 Sydney Morning Herald
2005 Sydney Morning Herald
1997 cover for The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (Philip Larkin Ed OUP 1997)

2000-2 Lecturer in Drawing Wimbledon School of Art
1999 Slade Affiliate programme tutor, life painting, drawing
1998-99 Drawing Lecturer Wimbledon School of Art
1997-98 Visiting Lecturer
1997-98 Course Tutor Life Drawing Slade BA/MA students, Slade affiliate programme
1990-97 Lecturer foundation course Richmond, Surrey
1990 Whitechapel Art Gallery workshops
1990 Barbican Gallery Workshops

Associated Exhibitions

Laura Matthews

Opening 12 January at 6pm
12 January - 28 January, 2019
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20 January - 8 February, 2018
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SAFE Charity Art Auction 6:30pm Sunday 21 January
An Art Auction raising money to secure permanent premises for Saving Animals From Euthanasia, held at The Studio Gallery and Bistro.
21 January - 21 January, 2018
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Ocean - Artist's Inspiration
25 May - 25 June, 2017
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Secret Garden by Laura Matthews
Laura has created a unique body of work inspired from the stunning “Margaret River Secret Garden”.
21 January - 5 February, 2017
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