Matthew Clarke is a painter born in Warrnambool, 1986. Clarke identifies as an artist with a disability, but he does not believe it is a barrier to making great works of art.
Clarke’s zealous interpretation of his subjects present with an unbridled vivaciousness. Inspired by his surroundings, Clarke’s distinctive themes present with a dynamic style of painting that permeates vibrant colours and unshackled mark making.
In 2011 Clarke completed a Diploma in Visual Arts, Crafts and Design at South West TAFE, Victoria. From there, Clarke gathered momentum both nationally and internationally at The Outsider Art Fair in France, 2015, Sydney Contemporary in NSW, 2015 & 2017, and Art Expo New York, New York, 2017. Clarke was the winner of the Fringe Festival Poster Competition in 2019 and his work has appeared on the side of trams in Melbourne and Adelaide.
2005 – 2011 Diploma of Visual Arts, Craft and Design, South West TAFE, Victoria
2019 Wine and Wallabies, Fisher and Jefferies, SA, Adelaide Fringe Exhibition
2018 Portraits and Wallabies, Monstalvat, VIC
2017 Wallabies Republic, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
2016 Wallabies Garden Party, Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC
2015 Travelgander toured through regional Victoria and the Abbotsford Convent, VIC
2014 Matthew Clarke: Solo Exhibition, Mossenson Galleries, WA
2014 Birds of Paradise, Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC
2013 Bird Watch, Mossenson Galleries, VIC
2012 Turtle Time, c3 Contemporary Art, VIC
AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2019 Winner Adelaide Fringe Festival Poster Competition
2018 Commission Street Art Explosion Adelaide Fringe
2017/18 Winner: Melbourne Art Trams
City of Melbourne
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Arts Access Victoria Collection
St John of God Hospital
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
Royal Perth Hospital Collection
Warrnambool Art Gallery