Matthew McAlpine

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Biography

Matthew McAlpine (b. 1994) is a Perth Based artist who graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts in 2016. He grew up on a family farm three hours north of Perth and now lives in Perth after moving there for study. His practice seeks to question the problematic celebrations and perpetuations of colonialism that still exist in contemporary Australia. He has participated in residencies at the Fremantle Arts Centre and at the University of Western Australia’s Reid Library. Since graduating he has held 5 solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in Australia and the Unites States of America.

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Dissolve

Sawtooth ARI, TAS

2018
Hesperia

c3 Contemporary Art Space, VIC

2018
Department of Land Theft

The Lobby, WA

2016
Land, place and residue

The Art Space Collective, WA

2016
Whitewash

Free Range Gallery, WA

Group Exhibitions

2019
Royal Perth Art Prize

Perth Royal Show, WA

2019
Medusa

Eal Meal Gallery, WA

2019
Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

2018
Churchie Art Award

QUT Art Museum, QLD

2018
Group Show

Gray Contemporary, Houston, USA

2017
Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

2017
Worldline

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

2016
Heathcote Select

Heathcote Gallery, WA

2016
25Under25

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, WA

2015
Down the Road

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, WA

2015
Clyde & Co. Art Project

Perth Offices, WA

2015
Cossack Art Awards

Cossack, WA

2014
Curtin Degree Show

Curtin University, WA

2014
City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award

City of South Perth, WA

2014
Art at Perth College

Mount Lawley, WA

Awards

2019
Emerging Artist Award

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize, WA

2019
Highly Commended

City of Bayswater Art Award

2017
RedFM Youth Art Award

Mid West Art Prize, WA

2014
Cossack Art Awards

Highly Commended

2014
Emerging Artist Acquisitive Award

Winner

2013
Dalwallinu Arts Festival

Highly Commended

2011
Leon Pericles Art Prize

Winner

Artist Statement

Matthew McAlpine is a Perth based artist working across a range of mediums. His practice explores the intersection of materiality, place and history. McAlpine's use of earth sourced from the farm he grew up on play an instrumental part in exploring ideas of place and Australian history aiming to question and critique the perpetuations of colonialism.