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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Matthew Carter

"The city has over the centuries been regarded with ambivalent and conflicting attitudes. There have been contradictory philosophies that move between seeing the city as a place of social malaise to seeing it as a malleable place for each individual within it. It is perceived sometimes as a threatening, dangerous place but also a vibrant and lively one making the urban locale an exciting subject for visual exploration. Continual gradual flux as well as abrupt change are characteristics of the urban environment and these aspects are part of what I seek to explore in my painting. Renewed interest in the importance of space, in physics and geography, are turning space into the new history. 

My painting attempts to engage with shifts in time and space by looking at how these relate to the spatio-psychology of the city. Networks, cyberspace, architecture and urban planning change the nature of the city's places and questions about geographical location and the importance of places provide another focus of interest for my painting. I often bring together unconnected elements, buildings and figures, and composite them to create a new, invented place. I also use high views to examine how a viewpoint might enable a psychological shift as well as spatial and temporal ones. The work also aims to question what makes a place authentic or inauthentic. I use photography and motion graphics compositing techniques as preparatory 'drawings' for my paintings. "

Master of Art & Design, AUT University, Auckland, 2009
Post Graduate Diploma, AUT University, Auckland, 2008
Certificate in Film and Media Studies, Birkbeck London University, 1986
Cardiff School of Art & Design, BA (Hons), 1983
Exeter College of Art, Foundation course, 1980

Work experience.
Freelance online editing, TVNZ Auckland, 2002-2005
Motion graphic design Sky TV Auckland, 2001-2007
Online and offline editor, BSKYB, London, 1998-2001
Motion graphics/ effects editing, MEASAT, Kuala Lumpur, 1998
Promotions and programmes editor, STAR TV Hong Kong, 1994-1997
Studio operation, animation, editor, Spitfire Television, London, 1990-94
Tape op, TK assistant, TeleCine Cell group, Charlotte St London, 1988-90
Walk For the World, support / bus driver, Anti-poverty National Event/Walk, 1988
Occupation Therapy Helper, St Mary Abbots Hospital, 1987
Playbus Local community projects Camden Council, London, 1987-88
London Bus driver, London Transport, Wood Green, London, 1985-6
Community Arts Workshop Projects in Highgate and Haringey, London 1984-5

Wallace Trust Art Awards Finalist, Auckland, 2010 and 2011
BMW McMillan Awards Finalist, 2010
National Contemporary Art Awards Finalist, 2011
Anthony Harper Awards Finalist COCA, Christchurch, 2010
WaiArt Awards Finalist top ten, 2010
North Shore City Art awards finalist, 2010
Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award Winner, 2009
Adam Portraiture Award Finalist National Portrait Gallery Wellington, 2008

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