Last updated: 3rd of March, 2016

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)
Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2016 (judge: Richard Fahey), Te koputu a te whanga a Toi-Whakatane Exhibition Centre, New Zealand, 30 Jan - 10 March, 2016
IMAGETEXTE4 (group), Topographie De L'Art, 15 rue de Thorigny, Paris, FR, 13 Feb -27 April 2016
30th Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, USA, 4-79 March 2015
Arquetopia Artist Residency, Avenida 15 Poniente 715, Centro Histórico, Puebla, Mexico, 9 May - 6 June, 2016
Contemporary Nevada: State of the State (group), Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty Street, Reno, NV, USA, 5 August - 23 October, 2016
Group exhibition, PAULNACHE, Upstairs, 89 Grey Street, Gisborne, New Zealand, 6 January 2017
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