ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Christopher Matthews was born in 1954 at Victor Harbor, South Australia. He began painting in 1977. His main inspiration in both painting and in pursuing its associated self-employed life style was his father, Peter Matthews, who had been a successful professional artist since the mid 1960s. Peter Matthews painted in oils with a palette knife. To differentiate his art from that of his father, Christopher decided to work exclusively in watercolour.
In order to establish his career, in those first few years Christopher entered many regional art competitions. Among the prizes he won were:
Hamilton Rotary Club ( Victoria.) Watercolour Prize 1982, 1987.
Port Fairy Lions Club Exhib. (Victoria.) Best Painting 1986.
Flinders Medical Centre Exhib. Best Watercolour. 1986.
Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. Watercolour Prize 1986.
Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Purchasing Prize 1987.
Campbelltown Rotary Club Exhib. ( S.A) Best Painting. 1987, 1988, 1993.
Victor Harbor Rotary Club Exhib. Purchasing Prize. 1988.
City of Elizabeth Watercolour Prize, 1988.
City of Elizabeth Purchasing Prize, 1988.
Victor Harbor Purchasing Prize, 1990.
Murray Bridge Rotary Prize, 1990, 1993.
Port Adelaide Rotary Merit Award. 1990, 1992.
Victor Harbor Rotary Club Purchasing Prize, 1993.
Christopher Matthews draws his artistic inspiration from a wide range of subjects. He has traveled extensively through southern Europe and the Middle East. Subjects from these regions featured strongly in his Adelaide Festival of Arts exhibitions throughout the 1980s and 1990s. During this era he was also the featured artist at many Greek Glendi Festivals both in Adelaide and Melbourne.
In the late 1990s he had a break from painting and pursued another of his passions, that of renovation and building. It was in this era that he bought a piece of land with a number of derelict farm buildings and a stone ruin on it. The largest of these buildings he rebuilt from the ground up, doing all the stonework and carpentry himself, inclusive of making nearly all doors and windows. This building now comprises two large self contained apartments, one of which the artist uses as his art studio and private exhibition area. This building project took about three pleasure filled years to complete.
In 2006 Matthews decided on a change of medium and switched from watercolours to oils.
Inside the studio.
Part of the studio’s private gallery / apartment.