Exhibition: 17 November - 1 December 2015
Preview: Tuesday 17th Nov 5:30 PM
Matt Gauldie was born in 1976 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, the youngest of three children. Like many artists he showed a keen interest in art from a very young age. He was taught at Elam School of Art and Design by childhood heroes Don Binney and Dick Frizzell. He was also tutored by Damian Skinner, who Gauldie describes as having an infectious passion for NZ art history. “I felt inspired to see the reactions in art to social, political and religious issues over the years. Art movements that have helped a fledging country identify its own unique culture – defining our ‘New Zealandness’”.
In 2005 Matt Gauldie was appointed the prestigious position of Official NZ Army Artist by then Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Helen Clark. The role has previously been held by Major Ion Brown, Graham Baddock and the esteemed World War II artist Major Peter McIntyre.
Gauldie paints from experiences in his life with bold brush strokes. Drawing inspiration from his environment and the people in it; from Shearers in dusty Maniototo sheds, painting Rawhiri’s descendants at Whiria Pa in Hokianga, to nervous Jockey’s preparing to race at Mosgiel’s Wingatui track or NZ soldiers on long range missions high in the mountains of Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush, and the theatrical world of Wellington’s late night Burlesque performers.