Last updated: 9th of September 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)
 
 
Lying In Space, (group), 30Upstairs, 30 Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand, 3 - 20 September 2014
Public/Private: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico, Barrick Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 27 March - 13 September 2014
 
Life Is Beautiful, Western Hotel, Downtown Las Vegas, 24 - 26 October 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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