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Artist statement about this body of work 

In developing this body of work, Curtis’s keen eye for symmetry and mathematical precision have become peripheral, yielding a more meditative approach to the alignment of form. Working with a subtle and shifting palate of hues, referencing the traditional glassblowing technique of sommerso. The composition of these suspended fields .....

Artist statement about this body of work 

In developing this body of work, Curtis’s keen eye for symmetry and mathematical precision have become peripheral, yielding a more meditative approach to the alignment of form. Working with a subtle and shifting palate of hues, referencing the traditional glassblowing technique of sommerso. The composition of these suspended fields of colour, veneers encasing the encompassed blown void, accentuates their boundaries and margins. His focus is on the coming together of these components. Reflecting upon how people, objects and ideas can yield to accommodate each other, to harmoniously fit together. 

www.curtisglassart.com

Born Luton, England 1964.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022 Fuse Prize Finalist, Jam Factory Adelaide, touring exhibition Australia.

Tom Malone Prize finalist, Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

Four Glass Masters, group exhibition Lew Allen Gallery Santa Fe

‘New Glass Now’, Corning Museum of Glass, travelling to the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA. &Toyama Glass Art Museum Japan.

2021 ‘Luminous Margin’ Solo exhibition Sabbia Gallery Sydney.

The Study’ Sabbia, Sydney.

2020 ‘Container’ Masters of Glass, Sabbia, Sydney.

‘F!NK Collaborative Jug Project’, Fink Queanbeyan & Craft ACT, Canberra.

2019 ‘New Glass Now’, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA.

‘Beyond the Bowl’ Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Australia.

‘Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement’ MOG; 

Travelling exhibition to North West Museum of Arts and Culture, WA, USA.

Major outdoor public sculpture commission for Iskia Development Canberra.

Finalist Tom Malone Prize, WA Art Gallery, Australia.

2018 ‘Intersect’ Solo Exhibition, Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, USA.

‘Sketch’ Sabbia Gallery Sydney, Australia

Habatat International Invitational Exhibition, Michigan USA.

2017 ‘Assembled’ Sabbia Gallery Solo Exhibition Sydney. 

Wheaton Glass weekend Habatat Gallery. USA

‘Defining Moments’, Canberra Glassworks, ACT Australia.

2016 Art Palm Beach, Habitat Gallery @ Florida USA. 

Group exhibition Kalumunda Gallery Perth,  

2016 SOFA Chicago, co. Habatat Gallery USA. 

‘Interconnected’ Form Gallery, Queanbeyan NSW AU. 

2015 Creative Fellow Canberra Glass Works, Canberra, Australia.

Wheaton Village Glass Weekend, Millville NJ, USA. 

‘Palette’ Sabbia Gallery Sydney.

2014 ‘Tree’ Canberra Glassworks, 

2013 ‘A Line of Symmetry’ Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.

Waterhouse Finalist, South Australian Museum.

‘Prima’ Sabbia Gallery, Sydney. Part of Art Month.

2012 Habatat International Invitational, Michigan, USA.

SOFA USA co, Pismo Gallery Colorado.

2011 Habatat International Invitational, Michigan, USA. 

‘Geometry’ Masters Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.

2010 ‘Transparent’ Axia Modern Art, Melbourne.

‘Sum of Parts’, Masters Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.

Ranamok glass prize, touring finalist, Australia.

2009 ‘Symmetry in Nature’ Axia Modern Art, Melbourne.

‘Collect’ at Satchi Gallery London.  Co, Raglan Gallery Sydney 

SOFA Santa Fe, Thomas R Riley Gallery, USA.

2008 “Matthew Curtis”, solo exhibition, Riley Gallery, Cleveland, USA.

“Dividing Lines”, Solo Exhibition, Pismo Gallery, Aspen, USA.

“Collect” V&A, England, co. Raglan Gallery Sydney

2007 SOFA Chicago, Thomas R Riley Gallery.

“Structural Divisions”, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne.

2006 “Australische Impressionen”, Gallery Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany.

“Australian Glass” Sandra Ainsley Gallery Toronto, Canada.

“Collect” V&A, England, co. Raglan Gallery Sydney

2005 “Segmented Structures” solo exhibition, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne.

“Glass Survey Exhibition”, Sanske Gallery, Switzerland.

 “Collect, V&A”, England. co. Raglan Gallery.

2004 “SOFA Chicago”, Bullseye Gallery.

“Something Different”, Glass Pyramid Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. “Solo 

2003 “Grid Lines” Solo Exhibition Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia.

“Tactile” Solo Exhibition at Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney.

“National Sculpture Prize” Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

“Surveying the Surface” solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries, ACT.

2002 “Material Culture” National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

2001 “Solo Exhibition”, Sanske Gallery in collaboration with Creative Glass, Zurich.

“Symmetry x 2” Australian Art Resources, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne.

1999 “Weekend 99”, Wheaton Village, Milleville, NJ

“Past Tense/Future Perfect” National Tour, Craft West, Perth.

AWARDS

2022 Fuse Prize Winner, Jam Factory, Adelaide. 

2021 Homefront Grant Arts Act.

Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture

2014 Capital Arts Patrons Organisation, Canberra, Fellowship, New Work 

2013 Arts ACT New Work Grant. ACT, Australia.

2011 Arts NSW Travel Grant.

2010 Arts Act New Work Grant. ACT, Australia.

2006 New work Grant, Australia Council. 

2004 New work Grant, Australia Council. 

2002 New Work Grant, Australia Council.

1999 Thomas Foundation Grant.

1999 Fellowship, Creative Glass Centre of America, Wheaton NJ.

COLLECTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass NY, USA 

Fuller Craft Museum 

Art Trust. Australia.

Art Gallery of South Australia.

National Gallery of Australia. 2003, 2011, 2013

Wagga Wagga National Glass Collection. Australia. 2003, 2010, 2012.

Mobile City Art Glass Museum Collection, America.

Ernsting Stifting, Glass Museum, Coesfelfd Germany.

De Young Museum, Saxe Collection, San Francisco, America.

Palm Springs Museum, CA. USA.

Private Collection of Elton John.

Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

Societe General, Singapore.

Etihad towers commission Abu Dhabi

Morris Museum in Augusta Georgia, USA

Field of Light installation, Iskia Building by Hindmarsh, Canberra.

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