Matthew Kentmann AUSTRALIAN, b. 1977

Matthew Kentmann is a Sydney-based artist. Kentmann has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne and was a finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2012, 2015 and 2016) and  the Archibald Prize with his portrait of fellow artist Nigel Milsom, in 2015. He was also 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."


"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


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."