Last updated: 15th of December, 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)
 
 
'Scape (group exhibition), Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi - Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre, Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane, NZ, 25 Oct 2014 - 18 Jan 2015
EAST: Local Colour (curated by Linda Tyler), Hastings City Art Gallery, 201 Eastbourne Street East, Hawkes Bay, NZ, 15 Nov 2014- 5 Feb 2015
Christmas Show (group exhibition), Paper-Works Gallery, Upstairs, 27 Tennyson Street, Napier, NZ, 21 November - 24 December 2014
The Skull Show (group exhibition), Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, 24 Nov 2014 - 31 Jan 2015
 
Au Pair, Galerie Gimpel et Muller, 12 Rue Guénégaud, Paris, France, 22 January - February 2015
EVOL (a performance), Flaq, 36 Rue Quincampoix, Paris, France, 29 January, 2015
Solo exhibition, PAULNACHE, Upstairs, 89 Grey Street, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2015
Solo exhibition, Zoya Tommy Contemporary, 4411 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas, USA, 2015
 
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