Oil on Aluminium
1100 × 1100 mm
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 completed High School in Hawaii and began to see art as a career after winning a number of prestigious art competitions and receiving some notable portrait commissions. In 1995 Gauldie returned to New Zealand at 18 with enthusiasm to be 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’”.