Last updated: 1st of October, 2014

 
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Matthew Couper was born in New Zealand and is based in Las Vegas after immigrating to the USA in 2010. His practice over the past decade has appropriated aspects of western Art History including Trecento, Quattrocento and the Baroque. Through these painterly investigations, he discovered that history oft repeats and helped him determine that the Modernist notions of originality held little interest for his practice. Couper uses the established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial retablos and ex-votosto discuss the space between myth, religion and art politics. He recently stated that 'like any good Johnny Cash, Nick Cave or Pixies song, you've got to have sex, death and religion fueling the fire' - ShareMag, Portugal, (Spring edition, 2011)
 
 
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Hawaiian Airlines Kiwis In LA Art Event, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 11 October, 2014
Life Is Beautiful, Western Hotel, Downtown Las Vegas, 24 - 26 October 2014
Monkey See (group exhibition), Tabla Rasa, 224 48th St, Brooklyn, NY, 5 November - 15 December 2014
A Beautiful Life (group exhibition) PAULNACHE, Upstairs, 89 Grey Street, Gisborne, New Zealand, 7 - 30 November 2014
EAST: Local Colour (curated by Linda Tyler), Hastings City Art Gallery, 201 Eastbourne Street East, Hawkes Bay, NZ, 15 Nov 2014- 15 Feb 2015
Au Pair, Galerie Gimpel & Muller / Flaq, Paris, France, January 2015
Solo exhibition, PAULNACHE, 2015
 
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