"Hope is the thing with feathers"
"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.
"Birds have taught me how to paint movement and in turn see and then paint again. The more 'painterly' a picture is the greater the sense of movement. The absence of pictorial device or scaffolding allows me to connect directly with the subject. This resonates with my own experience of the landscape as something dynamic to be moved through."
- Matthew Kentmann