Exhibition an artistic journey

Matthew Simpson (Damjan Janevski) 415960_02

Yarraville-based painter Matthew Simpson is set to captivate art enthusiasts with his upcoming exhibition, Time Paintings, at the No Vacancy Gallery this July.

This exhibition, supported by the Melbourne arts grants, will showcase Simpson’s remarkable collection of works from 1999 to the present, offering a deep dive into his artistic journey.

One of the artworks, ‘Christmas’, was painted in 1999 and marks a significant stylistic breakthrough for Simpson.

This piece, which will be available for public viewing for the first time, sets the tone for the exhibition.

Simpson’s artistic journey began in the 1980s when he studied fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Despite having a hidden disability, Simpson’s dedication to exploring the visual element of line has resulted in an intricate and evocative body of work.

He drew inspiration from the Surrealist art movement’s project of automated art that directly taps into the subconscious, as well as the expressionist, surrealist and abstract works of Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock and Ian Fairweather.

More recently, he has been fascinated by the abstract creations of Elisabeth Cummings (an Australian artist known for her large abstract paintings and printmaking) and Jadé Fadojutimi (a London-based painter of large, exuberant abstract paintings).  

Beyond his paintings, Simpson also explores random computer-based interactives and works on paper, demonstrating his versatility and continuous experimentation with different forms of expression.

The exhibition will be at No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, QV Building, from July 16 to 27.

Details at matthew-simpson.com.au/

Anne Parisianne