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Born in London in 1977, Matthew Kentmann (b. 1977) is a Sydney-based artist. Kentmann has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne and was a finalist in the 2018 Hornsby Art Prize, the 2014 Hornsby Art Prize, the 2011 and 2003 Dobell Prize for Drawing and the 2006 Redlands Westpac Art Prize.

Matthew Kentmann on his practice;

“I am motivated by my immediate environment that backs onto National Park, NSW. Nature, particularly the daily visits from a variety of birds informed my last three exhibitions. The birds beautifully break the formal elements of the landscape or painting and create movement in an otherwise static medium. Furthermore I feel connected via subject to the history of painting. Velazquez, Turner and Van Gogh depicted birds as did artists closer to home such as Sidney Nolan and Brett Whiteley.”

The latter noting;

“People ask me ‘why paint birds?’ and I look at them dumbfounded! I’ve got no answer, except that they are the most beautiful creatures” – Brett Whiteley

Install Image from Heatwave courtesy Brett East @docqment

Matthew Kentmann has an ongoing interest in portraiture. He has been a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2012, 2015 and 2016) and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize with his portrait of fellow artist Nigel Milsom, in 2015. Kentmann and Milsom first met in the late 1990s when they were students at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, and have remained close friends since. “I work with subjects that resonate with me,” he says. “The thing that’s going to lift a particular work will be the relationship between the artist and the subject.”

Piermarq is thrilled to be representing Matthew Kentmann.

Matthew Kentmann, Nigel Milsom, Sunday 3 May 2015, Oil on canvas, 28 x 30.5cm, Archibald finalist, 2015.


Catalogue, Heatwave – Matthew Kentman, Maximilian Daniels, Anna May Henry & Morgan Shimeld, 2017:



2017  As The Crow Flies,Flinders Street Gallery, Surry Hills

2015  On The Waterfront, Flinders Street Gallery, Surry Hills

2014  Recent Work, Flinders Street Gallery, Surry Hills

2011  Heading South, Loft Gallery, Bowral

2009  Drawings, China Heights Gallery, Darlinghurst

2004  Black and Blue, Side-On Gallery, Annandale

2003  Drawings, The George White Bar and Gallery, St Kilda


2018 Finalist – Hornsby Art Prize

2018 Finalist – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

2016  Semi-finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2015  Semi-finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2015  Finalist – Archibald Prize, AGNSW

2014  Finalist – Hornsby Art Prize

2012  Semi-finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2011  Finalist – Dobell Prize, AGNSW

2006  Redlands Westpac Art Prize

2003  Finalist – Dobell Prize, AGNSW


2018   ABOUT FACE, Sheffer Gallery, Darlington

2017  Heatwave Group Exhibition, Piermarq, Paddington

2014  Flinders Street Gallery Artists, Surry Hills

2004  Base Ten: New Directions in Painting, Side-On Gallery, Annandale

2004  On Paper, Side-On Gallery, Annandale

2004  Easter Show, Side-On Gallery, Annandale

2003  Brandling Street Painters, Erskineville

2001  Travel Ten (Ten Painters), Imperial Slacks Gallery, Surry Hills


2011  Bachelor of Teaching, Secondary, Charles Sturt University
2000  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), College of Fine Arts, UNSW

Would you like to view works by Matthew Kentmann? Feel free to contact us on (02) 9660 7799 or [email protected]

Matthew Kentmann in the studio
Matthew Kentmann, Plume (2017), Oil on canvas, 153 x 137cm
Matthew Kentmann, Blue Murder (2017), Oil on canvas, 76 x 71cm
Matthew Kentmann, White Heat (2017), Oil on canvas, 102 x 92cm
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