Matthew Quick

Based on a True Story

12 November — 27 November 2015

Lives and works Melbourne

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Matthew Quick’s talent extends beyond his exquisite rendering of form in paint. One of the sharpest intellects in Australian art, Quick’s inquiring mind, his ability to reconstruct and morph imagery to fit his ideological take, and the leavening of his wit make him a formidable iconoclast. 

The power of great civilisations is reflected in their monuments. Quick, though, asks us to consider what is left when the empires pass. It is the detritus that remains when power has faded that is at the heart of his work. Quick spares few cultures in his quest to disclose the rhetoric of the accepted history of a place. 

His interrogation is not confined to poking fun at the ancients; contemporary powers also receive a tonic dose of his satirical treatment.  Few are spared the pointed brush. Shopping trolleyssymbol of Western consumptionprogress through the sands of the Sahara. Greek and Roman statuesso often appropriated by the autocrats of oldare reconceptualised into bikini-clad sirens, hot colours screaming at us against the cool of rendered marble. One feels the beat of the iPod and wonders how Caesar would have reacted to his family being “plugged in” and “tuned out”. 

Quick is a painter who keeps giving and testing. This is not banal wall furniture; he proposes a mirror, but the reflection may alter our view of what is happening in our world. He is inviting us to look behind the obvious. 

There is little doubt that, for Quick, the Surrealists provide an anterior modus operandi. I have no doubt that René Magritte would be gratified to know his subversive vision lives on scintillatingly in the Antipodes. 

Ralph Hobbs
2015

The AFR Weekend, 7-8 November 2015, featured a two-page full-colour article about Matthew Quick's life, career and upcoming exhibition and book launch at Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary. View the online article http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/melbourne-artist-matthew-quick-brings-his-monumental-icons-to-sydney-20151102-gkony6

\ Exhibition featured works

Matthew Quick

A question of philosophy

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Adulation

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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All Hail the Emperor

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 168x140cm

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Born Leader

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 184x184cm

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Divine Authority

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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Domestic Goddess

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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Dressed to kill

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Every Precaution

2015 \ Oil on Italian Linen \ 120x100cm

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Exhibit A

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Hear me roar

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Membership benefits

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Real Australians say welcome

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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Some animals are more equal than others

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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Status Update

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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The Emperor's new clothes

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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The Messenger

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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The great cover up

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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The view from above

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 120x100cm

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True perspective

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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When in Rome

2015 \ Oil on Italian linen \ 60x50cm

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\ News

News

Nanda\Hobbs proud to host Cure Cancer Australia Collaboration's inaugural event

16 November 2015

On Wednesday, 11 November 2015, Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary proudly hosted an intimate and exclusive event with Cure Cancer Australia through the Cure Cancer Collaboration highlighting the work of award-winning artist and melanoma survivor Matthew Quick.

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\ Other exhibitions

Zoë MacDonell

Stealing fire

3 August — 18 August 2017

Katy Woodroffe

The Well

17 July — 28 July 2017

Raymond Young

Battle Lines

26 June — 11 July 2017

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