Matt Gauldie Military
Matt Gauldie was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1976 and paints full-time from his studio in the Kapiti Coast. From a very young age Matt was exposed to art books, paint and paper by his artist parents. And so his journey began.
Gauldie was the official army artist from 2004 – 2011, on the strength of his work in capturing the return of the Unknown Warrior on canvas. His work ‘The Vigil’ portrays the warrior’s casket when it lay in state at Parliament in November 2005. He is now the Defence Force artist which encapsulates the Army, Navy & Air Force.
In October 2012 Gauldie accompanied New Zealand World War II veterans to El Alamein, Egypt. He was commissioned to produce a painting to commemorate the trip and honor the NZ Army contribution to the battle. In October 2012 Gauldie travelled to Scott Base, Antartica where he was sent on commission to paint a New Zealand Defence Force off loading ships of essential supplies in the harsh winter conditions.
In 2002 Gauldie was invited by the Rural Art Deco Maniototo Trust to take up a ‘Residency’ position in Ranfurly for two months. At the end of this period he completed eleven works, comprising three series – ‘Six Weeks on the Maniototo’, ‘In the Highland Bar’ and ‘Restaurant Ranfurly’.
During April 2001 Gauldie exhibited eight works as part of the ‘Going Solo 12’ at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. He also exhibited fourteen paintings and several sculptures at the opening of Pataka Museum, Porirua, Wellington.
In October 2001 he was commissioned by the Wellington City council to paint the official Mayoral portrait of the retiring Wellington Mayor, Mark Blumsky.
Gauldie has works in private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand and overseas and has a great future ahead as one of New Zealand’s leading artists.